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Wetsuit Repair Guide

We pride ourselves in only stocking the best wetsuits from the top watersports brands, but no matter how high quality a wetsuit is, accidents can still happen. It’s pretty heart-breaking when you spot a rip or an unravelling seam on your wetsuit, but small areas of damage are often easily fixable at home.

Read on for our step-by-step guide to repairing your wetsuit.

Tear/cut in the neoprene

You will need:

  • Your damaged wetsuit, clean and dry
  • Wetsuit cement or adhesive (we like this one from Stormsure)
  • An applicator (such as a brush, popsicle stick or a strip of plastic)
  1. Fold the wetsuit at the point of the cut to open it up and show the two edges which need to be glued together.
  2. Using the applicator, apply a thin layer of cement or adhesive to both surfaces.
  3. Allow the glue to dry a little (approximately 30 seconds), until it becomes tacky.
  4. Unfold the wetsuit to bring the two edges back together, and pinch the edges together.
  5. Wetsuit cement will usually take 1-3 minutes to dry, whereas wetsuit adhesive will take a few hours, but both can vary depending on the temperature and humidity. Whichever glue type you use, we recommend leaving your repair over night to dry properly.

Damaged seam

You will need:

  • Your damaged wetsuit, clean and dry
  • Wetsuit cement or adhesive
  • Glue-on seam tape
  • Dental floss (yes, really!)
  • A needle (curved, if possible)
  1. Follow steps 1-4 from above.
  2. With the seams pushed together, sew a blind stitch using the dental floss. This means not fully penetrating the neoprene, as this may cause your wetsuit to leak, but only penetrating 25% of the way through. This will be easier with a curved needle.
  3. On the inside of the wetsuit, apply glue-on seam tape over the repair.
  4. Leave to dry for at least 8 hours.

For any rips or holes bigger than about an inch, it’s well worth getting it repaired professionally. If you bought your wetsuit from us, we offer a free repair service through our partnership with Bodyline who provide high quality specialist neoprene wetsuit repairs. You can contact our friendly customer service team to find out more.

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View our best wetsuit repair products here.

For tips on how to look after your wetsuit properly (so you don’t have to spend all this time fixing it!), read our wetsuit care guide here.

Written by Eliza Tilbury

Published on 1st October 2019 in Guides

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