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#11185589 - 10/25/15 05:08 PM Wader repair
charlief1 Offline
Angler

Registered: 08/20/15
Posts: 298
Loc: Hillsnowhere in Central Texas
I really haven't used my waders in the last 10 years and today decided to use them in the pond to get some [censored] out of it. They're still in good condition but I did end up with a leak/seep in one of the feet. They're stocking foot neoprene ball brand and I don't know where exactly they're leaking yet but I'm hoping to find a way to fix them. Anyone have experience with doing a repair like this?
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#11185631 - 10/25/15 05:17 PM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
rrhyne56 Offline



Registered: 02/16/01
Posts: 13190
Loc: McKinney TX USA
I've seen a number of patch kits. Google is your friend in these sort of situations, at least it has been for me. Probably some YouTube videos out there.
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#11185988 - 10/25/15 06:35 PM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
split cane rod Offline
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Registered: 02/10/04
Posts: 456
Loc: Longview, TX
First, fill a tub or bucket with water. Catch some air in the leg of the waders where the leak is. You said the leak is in the neoprene bootie. Catch enough air so the entire bootie is full of air. Push the leg of the waders down into the tub so that the bootie is the last part to go under. You should be able to locate the leak by a stream of bubbles coming up from it. Make a circle around the leak with a marker or grease pen.

The best way to repair a leak is with the UV activated patch kits. You can find them on Orvis' website, or just about any wader manufacturer's website.

When you patch the hole, try to push the patch material through the hole. I'm not talking about cloth patch here. It is a liquid material that will feel like rubber when it is cured. Cloth patch is a thing of the past. Unless you have a huge hole, the UV cure stuff is best.

JR
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#11186164 - 10/25/15 07:51 PM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
Dtheg Offline
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Registered: 05/28/14
Posts: 198
Loc: Wylie, Tx
I use stuff called seam seal. It has worked well for me. I just dab it on leak let dry.
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#11186200 - 10/25/15 08:05 PM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
charlief1 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/15
Posts: 298
Loc: Hillsnowhere in Central Texas
Thanks guys. I've had these for a long time (19 years) and never had an issue with them until now. Just hate having to buy when I can repair something. wink
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#11187155 - 10/26/15 11:01 AM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
Bass_Bustin_Texan Offline
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Registered: 02/10/04
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Loc: Longview
I think you got your money worth out of them in 19 years. Dry rot most likely taken over.

My duck hunting waders last me 2 years....so you should feel good.
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#11187162 - 10/26/15 11:03 AM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
Bass_Bustin_Texan Offline
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Registered: 02/10/04
Posts: 23396
Loc: Longview
Spray the entire wader in Flex Seal....LOL...I know, I know....but it works. I had a leak I couldn't find, so I sprayed the whole leg. No more leak. I can now float my boat with them. smile

Smaller repairs I use Wader Repair glue and patches. Several good brands.
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#11187292 - 10/26/15 11:51 AM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
charlief1 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/15
Posts: 298
Loc: Hillsnowhere in Central Texas
Now that they're dry I got a good look at them and found the seam at the foot pulling up some. Looks like a simple fix and the sealant looks like it should work fine. Other than that they look good. I found the receipt in the box and they were ordered from Bass Pro on 5/3/96 so I've gotten my moneys worth for sure. The nice thing is I got these through a promotion so all I actually paid was the shipping costs. grin When I moved back to Texas I put them in storage and really haven't used them for 10 years now, but I did loan them out once to my old boss. Looks like they were made much better back then. wink
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#11190073 - 10/27/15 04:58 PM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
winchester44 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/07
Posts: 863
Loc: Fort Worth
UV activated for emergency repairs (dries quickly, more brittle)
Aquaseal or Urethane for permanent repairs (longer to dry but more pliable)

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#11190170 - 10/27/15 05:50 PM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
charlief1 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/15
Posts: 298
Loc: Hillsnowhere in Central Texas
Aquaseal is what I'm waiting on to fix them. Looks like the best solution and the price won't kill me.
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#11190815 - 10/27/15 10:06 PM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
preast Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/28/05
Posts: 378
Loc: Austin, TX
Surprised Aquaseal wasn't one of the first things mentioned. I don't use anything else. Stuff is amazing and lasts for years once applied, and stays flexible, doesn't move/shrink. Make sure you keep it airtight and in the freezer when not in use. I always screw a small drywall screw into the neck of the tube and screw the cap over that. It keeps the neck clear and I get literally a couple years use out of tube.

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#11192479 - 10/28/15 07:01 PM Re: Wader repair [Re: charlief1]
joser Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 506
Loc: clyde texas
they used to sell some stuff called rubber magic, pretty good to repair about anything to hold back water

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