How to Repair Your Wetsuit
blueseventy wetsuits are crafted from the highest quality of neoprene available. Unfortunately this means that they are not as durable as your cheaper surfing or general wetsuit. It's fairly easy to accidentally rip the neoprene if you are not careful when getting into and out of the suit. Fingernail nicks are the most common issue and can occur on the smooth surfaces of a wetsuit. Next are small tears at the seams of the suit. These are usually the result of pulling too hard when putting the suit on or by catching or pinching the surface of the wetsuit with your nails. As we make every effort to ensure that our products use the highest quality materials and craftsmanship available, you too should use the utmost care with your wetsuit to avoid accidental damage. Should a tear or fingernail cut occur, then repairing it yourself is a very simple 5 minute job.
Always wear the white cotton gloves that come with your wetsuit to prevent damage from fingernails while putting your suit on. For further care information click here.
In order to repair a tear or nick you will need neoprene cement glue. We recommend Aquaseal Neo Neoprene Cement. You can easily purchase it from us, here. The Aquaseal cement comes in an easy to use tube that you can apply directly to the damaged area.
If the tear is larger than .5-1" you may also want a small brush (such as an artists painting brush) or a spatula (which can simply be a thin piece of plastic or card).
Follow these steps to repair your wetsuit.
Fold the wetsuit over at the point of the cut so that the cut opens up to reveal the insides of the two surfaces that need to be glued back together.
Apply a thin, even layer of rubber cement glue to both surfaces. Continue to hold the cut open while the glue dries (1-3 minutes). Do not rejoin the surfaces while the glue is still wet or tacky.
The glue will only take 1 to 3 minutes to dry (depending on room temperature and humidity). The glue looks glossy when wet. It will become more matte when dry. Once it appears dry, then check it by gently touching the glue surface to check. It will feel only slightly tacky and will not stick to your finger.
Flatten out the suit so that the two surfaces come together. The bond is instant.
Pinch the two surfaces firmly together.
And you're done!
Note: the suit can be used in the water straight away. However, the maximum bond is achieved over a period of 4 to 6 hours. Therefore, you should avoid putting any immediate pressure on to the repaired surface should you need to get into it immediately.