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Old 03 December 2003, 04:50   #1
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Drysuit Seals

I would like to attempt replacement of all 5 seals on a drysuit, and don't know where to start. Whats the best way of removing remnants of old seals? Any recommended adhesives? etc ..etc.
Any tips welcomed!

Thanks in anticipation...

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Old 03 December 2003, 05:08   #2
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Is the suit neoprene (thick rubber) or tri laminate (very thin) ? either way the seals will have been glued on with a comerical version of evo stick. Cleaning this off without damaging neoprene will be tricky but have a go. Even if you make a mess of it the worse that you are in for is to have the seals replaced by a comercial firm. Is there a dive shop near you ? they will probably be able to assist and offer new seals. They are sized so you need the correct ones.

Use a football in the hole for the neck seal to stretch the material and a bottle for the leg and wrist seals. Fit the new seals then roll them back so you have access to both the inside of the seal and outside cuff. Apply a thin layer of glue (and it must be thin) best with a small paint brush which will be scrap when you have finished. Evo stick will work well but there are other two pack glues that are available. Wait for glue to dry depending on the instructions then roll the new seal over the cuff and press down. Make a cup of tea and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

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Old 03 December 2003, 06:11   #3
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Thanks Pete7,

I should have said...its a surface type (thin) suit.

I'll give it a go and see what happens. As you said, even if I make a total cock-up of it, I can always get it re-done at the dive shop. I just prefer to do things myself, when and if I can.

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Old 03 December 2003, 07:09   #4
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Carefull use of a heat gun should make removing the old seals a bit easier. You can also get acetone cheaply from Scotplastics in Glasgow which will help remove old glue.
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I have found a good trick to hold the seals out while glueing or replacing - blow up a large oval (prereably thick) balloon inside the suit - it works a treat and you just burst it to get it out when the glue is dry!
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Bill S
[B]Thanks Pete7,

Use an American football for the legs !!
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Why do you want to do it your self, dive shops dont charge that much.

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Thanks for all the input folks - I will have a stab at it!

Marky, - What size ball would you recommend? Peewee, Junior, or full size?

Nickjaxe, - I believe I answered that one already when I said that I prefer to do it myself when and if I can. Just one of those things - I prefer driving to being driven, putting up shelves myself rather than getting a joiner in, keeping the missus smiling myself rather than relying on the milkman, etc, etc, etc. I have no problems with using professionals (except my wallet), and do so when it suits, but I just prefer to do things for myself.

Right then, lets get these seals ordered up ..........

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don't do it yourself

send the whole lot to -- http://www.trident-uk.com/ send it away knakered-- get it back fixed -- cheaper than average and allot less hassle, also a real family business and will not mess you about, get all mine done thro them and no problems whatsoever.

This whole thing about fix it yourself, and get the seals, glue etc, load of rubbish, takes forever and will still leak, after 'you' have attempted to fix it -- give it to the people that know what they are doing....................

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Missing the Point!

Some of you guys are missing the point here. I mess about with ribbing as recreation - I do not do it for a living! Replacing seals could be part of that recreation. I can find out how to do it, and enjoy attempting it, while my Rib is locked up in the garage for the winter. This is now the third Post where I have used the phrase 'Prefer to do it myself' (the operative word here is 'prefer').

Thanks to those who took the time to try and help with answers to my questions. If my suit still leaks, yes, I may well get the seals done professionaly, but if it's OK, then I'll get a wee kick out of fixing it.

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