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Drysuit repair

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:13 pm
by Iqjumpuw
My Bare drysuit finally leaked last week. The water was really choppy and it pushed me towards one of the pillars covered with barnacles. I felt the water come in and my left arm got wet. I just did a leak test and it's definitely ripped. I can even see the slight tear from inside.

I know I can take it to a local dive shop but how much should I expect for a repair? Also, how long does it usually take?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Re: Drysuit repair

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:38 am
by Scubak
Have you looked at Express Drysuit Repair in Portland, Ore?
Quick turn around, decent prices, good work.
Kirsten

Re: Drysuit repair

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:20 pm
by coldfinger
If it's just a small tear and you know exactly where it is, why not just use a drysuit patch kit? Haven't needed to do this yet, but I'd wonder about putting the patch on the inside so air pressure pushes it against rather than away from the hole. You could even put some Aquaseal on the other side (or a 2nd patch) for insurance. Aquaseal worked for pinhole leaks in my drysuit knees.

Maybe someone who has actually done this can comment, but seems like an easy do it yourself repair.

Re: Drysuit repair

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:31 am
by Iqjumpuw
See? I would have never known about that. I'll try that method before I take it to a shop.

Re: Drysuit repair

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:56 am
by Sharkb8
Iqjumpuw wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:31 am
See? I would have never known about that. I'll try that method before I take it to a shop.
I patched a decent sized tear in my old crushed neoprene drysuit myself and it was quite easy. The tear was in the crotch which sees a lot of movement and it never failed on me. I used a suit patch with aquaseal on the outside, and more aquaseal on the inside around the tear.

Re: Drysuit repair

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:17 am
by Iqjumpuw
I just ordered an Aquaseal for crushed neoprene so I'll let you guys know how it turns out. I didn't order any patch though.

Re: Drysuit repair

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:41 am
by coldfinger
Unless it's just a pinhole, my inclination would be to glue a patch on the inside for structural integrity and then Aquaseal on the outside. But that could be overkill; Aquaseal does seem to stay on well after it cures. Or at least Aquaseal on both sides (do 1, let it cure, then do the other).

Re: Drysuit repair

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:16 pm
by Iqjumpuw
Thai definitely worked! Didn't need the last h.