How to Repair Your Wetsuit
Fingernail cuts can occur on the smooth surfaces of a wetsuit. This is 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. While we make every effort to ensure that our products use the most durable materials available you should be aware that as a high performance product, wetsuits are not bullet-proof and nicks or small tears can occur. 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.
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.
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. 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 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.
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.