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Wetsuit stitching repair question

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by SD40T-2, Feb 12, 2003.

  1. SD40T-2

    SD40T-2 Angel Fish

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    I'm sure this is going to be a simple question for some,

    I've got a AKONA 7mm one peice and my knife holder snagged the threads of the left leg and pulled about 3 inches of outside stitching out. The inside stitching is still intact and the glue is holding but I would like to repair it. What repair technique is the best in this situation?

    SD
     
  2. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    Don't try to restitch, you'll just wind up weakening the material.

    Here's a job for Aqua Seal, run a thin bead down the seam & feather out the edges.
    Mask off the area first so you have a nice pretty straight line.
    About a 3/8" wide swipe will do, and run over the remaining stitching about an inch.
     
  3. SD40T-2

    SD40T-2 Angel Fish

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    Where might one obtain Aqua Seal from. The interesting thing is that the two neoprene pannels that are the location in question are still held together with the original cement/glue and the nylon thread on the inside. Would altering that connection be required to make the reapir?

    SD
     
  4. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    Aqua Seal should be able to be found at most any dive shop. (It's called Aqua Sure in Europe).

    No alteration of the existing joint is going on, just a bit of glue over the thread / unthreaded seam.
    Some manufacturers do this to all their seams on things in hard wearing areas.
    Have a look at the gloves: http://www.dyk-brand.se/images/enduro.3_mm.jpg

    The shiny striped part is the Aqua Sealed thread seam.
    If you're in a pinch & can't find any Aqua Seal, the formua for some other common adhesives is similar (latex based).
    Drop me a PM if you can't find "the good stuff"
     

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