How to Repair Neoprene

VideoApril 30, 2013

Neoprene is used in many types of paddlesports gear: wetsuits, booties, sprayskirts and wetsocks, to name a few. Since it’s usually covered by fabric, it’s pretty tough stuff, but wear-and-tear takes its toll. In this video, we show how to repair neoprene when it gets damaged. Don’t throw that gear away; fix it!

Note: The product referred to here as McNett Seal Cement has a new name: Gear Aid Aquaseal+NEO Contact Cement for Neoprene.

For a rip or tear in your neoprene apply two thin coats of the Gear Aid Aquaseal+NEO Contact Cement to the edges of the tear. Wait 5–10 minutes, then press the edges together. If this is in a high-stress area, you’ll want to reinforce the repair with a patch.

Cut the patch to extend beyond the tear about two inches from all edges. It’s best to make a circular or oval patch; corners and straight lines are more likely to snag and peel up. Trace the patch outline on the repair; clean both surfaces with rubbing alcohol and dry thoroughly. Apply two thin coats of the Gear Aid Contact Cement to patch and repair area, waiting 5–10 minutes between coats. When the second coat is still tacky, but a knuckle pressed against it doesn’t lift any adhesive, lay the patch into place, being careful not to trap air bubbles. Roll thoroughly to ensure good adhesion.

You can also use Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Neoprene Patch for the patch. Cut an oval or round patch, center it over the tear, place the included wax paper over it and iron on low setting for about 10 seconds.

To fill a hole, where material is missing, use Gear Aid Aquaseal FD Adhesive, plus Cure Accelerator & Cleaner. Cover the hole on the inside with masking tape. On the outside make a circular area around the hole with tape. Mix the Aquaseal with the Cure Accelerator at a ratio of 10 to 1. Apply the mixture to the area, then remove the outer tape. Let the repair cure for 2–3 hours before removing the inner tape.