Paddlesports Gear Repair
In most cases you can mend or patch the tear and continue using your neoprene product. For repairs that need to be completed in a short amount of time Tenacious Tape Neoprene Patch is the product for you. This is a patch that you iron on to repair a tear. When you have a little more time, Aquaseal or Aquaseal+NEO Contact Cement are great adhesives. Aquaseal can be used with Cure Accelerator to repair neoprene. Aquaseal+NEO Contact Cement is another good neoprene repair adhesive. Depending on the size of the hole or tear it may be necessary to use a neoprene patch on the outside, and possibly the inside of the wetsuit.
Zipper care is also important in getting the most out of your wetsuit. Gear Aid Zipper Cleaner + Lubricant will help clean your zipper. After cleaning with Zipper Cleaner + Lubricant apply Gear Aid Zipper Lubricant Stick to lubricate and prolong the life of your zippers.
Rinse and clean your wetsuit after each use. Washing your gear with Wetsuit & Drysuit Shampoo will remove organic residue, salt deposits and chlorine that damage neoprene. When you're using your neoprene apparel and/or sprayskirt in a swimming pool for roll practice or water aerobics it's especially important to rinse the gear with fresh water after use and occasionally wash with Wetsuit & Drysuit Shampoo; chlorine will quickly destroy the neoprene foam if left in place.
The water we boat in contains bacteria and other organisms that can cause our neoprene wetsuits, watershoes and gloves to get pretty stinky. You can minimize this by rinsing them in fresh water after each use and drying them quickly. When odor does develop, use Gear Aid Revivex Deodorizer or Sink The Stink Deodorizer to eliminate the odor. They also work on drysuits, booties, thermal layers, outerwear, tents, tarps, and other boating and camping gear.
Ultraviolet light can damage your wetsuit over time. 303 Protectant is a powerful "screen" for your gear, and pand regular use will help maintain the strength and integrity of your wetsuit.
Over time latex gaskets will wear and you will need to replace them. Using Aquaseal, Cure Accelerator, and a new gasket (sock, ankle, wrist, or neck) you can restore your drysuit to working condition. Gasket Sizing
Latex Gasket Care:
Temperature: Avoid storing in extreme cold or hot temperatures. Keep away from heaters, a source of ozone.
Humidity: Moist storage conditions should be avoided.
Direct light or artificial UV Light: Articles should be protected from prolonged exposure to light, in particular direct sun-light and artificial light with a high UV content.
Metals: Avoid contact with copper and alloys containing copper.
Ozone: One of the worst places to store a drysuit/top with latex seals is in a car in hot weather, where high levels of ozone are locally created.
Take the time to rinse the gaskets with cold water after each use, and towel dry them. Care should also be taken in the application of sunscreens that can damage the seals. When using sunscreen, washing seals with cold water after use is very important.
Caution: New drysuit gaskets may not be comfortable initially but will stretch over time. We recommend stretching new gasketss, overnight or longer, around something slightly larger than the gasket opening. Trimming the gaskets is not recommended and may cause gasket failure.
NRS can patch small holes and/or tears in drysuits or drytops. Please contact Rainy Pass Repair, Inc. for any repairs that require alteration or sewing.
To increase the useful life of your drysuit zippers use Gear Aid Zipper Cleaner + Lubricant to clean your zippers. After cleaning with Zipper Cleaner apply Gear Aid Zipper Lubricant Stick which will lubricate and prolong the life of your zippers. When storing your drysuit leave zippers (including relief zippers) open to prevent them from taking on a compression set.
It is important to fully rinse and air dry your drysuit after each use. If you need to wash your drywear with a cleaner, like Gear Aid Revivex Pro Cleaner, hand wash only. Washing it in a washing machine may damage the waterproof membrane or coating and is NOT recommended. We have several cleaners that are safe to use on technical waterproof/breathable fabrics. After washing your garment, be sure to apply a Durable Water Repellent from our Apparel Care & Repair department. Never place dry wear in a clothes dryer; the heat will damage the gaskets.
After your washed drysuit is completely dry be sure to treat the gaskets with 303 Protectant. Occasionally lightly misting your dry wear with 303 protects the fabric from UV damage.