Need to repair tears or holes in your wetsuit? I did recently and thought I’d make the information I gathered available to all. Below are some very useful links. Below that are some notes about cement/glue/adhesive.
My repair was just like this one, although I used Block Surf Neoprene Cement having black colour:
http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuit ... suit-tear/
(the result is excellant)
Good pictures with this one:
http://www.ehow.com/how_117816_repair-r ... tsuit.html
http://ezinearticles.com/?Repairing-a-D ... &id=416168
1. The best cement is one that is neoprene-based. It should have acetone and toluene in it so that it truly welds the fabric together.
2. Follow the instructions. When they say "apply, wait 5 minutes, & don't allow fabric edges to touch" and "apply a second coat of cement and wait 10 minutes," do it exactly. If it is hot where you are working, then reduce durations by 1 minute. I used a digital kitchen timer.
3. Silicone glue and rubber cement will not provide a long-lasting repair because these products glue the fabric instead of weld it.
4. As stated above, I used Block Surf’s Neoprene Cement. I bought a 4 ounce can and that provides a lot of cement.
5. I was very tempted to use DAP Weldwood Cement. It is one-third the price of the products sold at surf and dive shops. You can get it at any good hardware store. In the US, you’ll find it in almost any ACE Hardware and Orchard Supply Hardware. In addition to 1 and 3 ounce containers, you can get it in pints, quarts, and gallons for installing flooring materials.
6. The reason I paid $9 at the surf shop for Block Surf instead of $3 at ACE Hardware is because my local surf shop treats all of its customers, including me, very well.
7. Here is an incomplete list of some neoprene cements:
Block Surf Neoprene Cement
DAP Weldwood Cement