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Old 04 June 2009, 05:08   #1
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Drysuit Wrist Seal

I have torn the wrist seal on my drysuit - it is a neoprene seal and when i bought it the seams were stitched together and glue (or alike substance) had been applied on the inside to ensure it was watertight.

Any idea what I could use to make the stitching watertight??
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if the seam has parted, clean up or even fine slice the old neopreane back slightly with a fine craft knife to make a decent butt joint ,then use wetsuit contact adhesive on both sides let dry to touch and when closed together you could stitch without going totally through the material,i used to use fine nylon fishing line or rot proof thread ,no doubt there will be someone on here that can give you the name of some sort of silicone type repair sealant .
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,no doubt there will be someone on here that can give you the name of some sort of silicone type repair sealant .
Try Aquasure
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this is an on going problem the info above is correct .but to work the seal have to fit the skin therefor talk when puttingit on & washing up liquid when taking off.the neck seal the same .when storing talk all seals & lubricate the zip.repeat every 2 months
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this is an on going problem the info above is correct .but to work the seal have to fit the skin therefor talc when puttingit on & washing up liquid when taking off.the neck seal the same .when storing talc all seals & lubricate the zip.repeat every 2 months
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The only problem with using a urethane adhesive/sealant (I assume Aquasure is similar to Aquaseal by McNett?) is that it will be near-impossible to remove when you have to replace the seal again. I would look at using some heat activated seam tape (a lot less adhesive, and not as goopy as hand applied), or use the neoprene cement as a final coat (dust with talc to keep it from gluing itself together.) A good glue joint shouldn't really need any kind of exterior sealant.

Fishing line (monofilament) would be OK for stitching, especially if covered; it can, however, be rather abrasive on skin if it's in direct contact. Regular Nylon thread should be fine for stitching (that's what the wetsuit manufacturers use.)

Paul: the seal-to-suit seam should be far enough up that it will have no effect on suit-to-wrist sealing. Sealing will take place further down the seal's taper.


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