Doing drysuit repair work on a once 100% waterproof garment may seem like something you can only leave to the pros, but as you will see here, it’s a pretty straight forward job.
All you need is the proper drysuit repair materials and a little bit of know-how. I recently had to replace the wrist seal on my suit so I put together a video showing the steps for replacing a seal. The same technique works for any of the seals on a dry suit.
Here’s what you will need..
- Aquaseal Glue and Cotol Accelerator combo pack (yes, both. You’ll thank me later.)
- A small container for mixing – say maybe a crumbled blue cheese container?
- A pair of latex gloves are recommended
- Something from around the house to fully expand the drysuit opening – more on that in the video.
- A Replacement Seal – sizes range from XS – XL
Since drysuit seal damage is rarely planned upon, its a good idea to go with the glue and accelerator combo pack. Cotol acts as a cleaner and an accelerator all in one. Its a really useful tool for seal repair since it cuts the drying time down from a full 24 hours to being able to set sail within 2-3 hours.
Another thing you will want to remember is to leave the sleeve and replacement seal stretched out while drying. For stretching out the neck, a basket ball will work quite well. For the sleeves, a flexible cutting board or soda bottle can do the trick.