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Old 21 July 2005, 16:03   #1
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How do I repair a slit in my dry suite?

I was swimming in the river the other day in my dry suite and foolishly didnt put any shoes on (mine just has thin latex socks). I stepped on something which has put a 2inch slit in one of the socks. I tried a temporary repair of duck tape but it just peeled off when it got wet. I now need to make a proper repair, and I need to do it tomorrow (Scott2 says Im going to need it for Saturday

So, what's the best course of action?

The sock is latex btw...
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Bicycle puncture repair kit?
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I hadn't thought of that. I shall go now and give it a try.....
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OK just tried that. Didn't work. The glue dried, but then just peeled off....

Dodgy glue perhaps?
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Trying silicone. It sticks everything else, so we shall know in the morning.........
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Hmmm, dunno - maybe different material to inner tubes!
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I would just either order a new foot from these people who are excellent or order a drysuit repair kit. As a dinghy sailer Im always catching the seals on my drysuit, i have replaced every seal at some point on my Musto drysuit since i have had it and I have found trident most helpful.

http://www.trident-uk.com/shop/acata...placement.html

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You need 2 part glue and dry suit tape - From a dive shop.

You will need to tape over the slit, inside and out.
Cut a strip of tape long enough to cover the slit
Clean all surfaces with solvent.
Mix some of the glue.
Do either the outside or inside first .. choose one.
Apply a thin coat of glue to the rubber, and another to the tape.
Allow to dry.
Repeat with another coat on both surfaces.
Allow to dry.
Repeat with another coat on both surfaces.
Allow to dry.
Press the tape to the ripped rubber to cover the slit ... you only get 1 chance at this the thing will stick as soon as each dry glue surface touches each other.
Once pressed together, use talc on the surplus glue to stop it sticking to anything else.
Now do the same on the other side.

Thats it!! Job done.
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OK just tried that. Didn't work. The glue dried, but then just peeled off....

Dodgy glue perhaps?
Should have cleaned the surfaces first with solvent - should then work - sounds the same as the proper method!!!
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Failing that all working send it to Hammonds.
They do repairs or if needed could replace the sock for you

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