Wetsuit tears are inevitable but most tears are easy to repair if you use the right glue and technique.
Large Rips or Tears
Materials: Wetsuit cement (glue), brush, waxed dental floss or good nylon thread.
If you have large rips or tears or a tear that’s along a seam or stress point, you should stitch up the cut first using
1. Clean and dry the suit.
*You can put a plastic bag behind the tear to prevent the glue from sticking to the wrong part of the suit.
2. Using your brush or the one provided in the can of wetsuit cement, coat both sides of the newly sewn rip with neoprene cement to make it watertight.
3. Hold the two sides apart and allow the glue to dry for 24 hours. (Don’t stick together yet)
4. Apply a second coat of glue and let it dry for a few minutes.
5. Squeeze the two sides together and let it set for 24 hours before using.
*Be careful to line both side up as accurately as possible.
Just clean the suit and glue like above without stitching the suit first.