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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Repairing Waders - extra iron tape

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I puncture my breathable waders regularly and am well accustomed to turning them inside out filling them with water, marking the spot & using iron tape to seal the hole. (i have a special set of hooks on the back of my garage door).

I much prefer to use tape as against acquasure but i constantly have to beg extra tape from my very patient tackle dealer (he steals it from as yet unsold boxed wader!).

I don't want to buy the full repair kits advertised by the manufacturers as happily i haven't yet needed to actually patch a serious hole or tear.

Where can i buy rolls of the iron on waterproof tape used by the manufacturers to tape the seams?

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I don't know what make of waders you are referring to, but I had to use a tape repair on my brand-new (second day out) Simms Classic Guide breathables - I did use aquasure, plus standard silver-grey duck tape, and they have never let me down since - 2 years since repair.

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A great trick for finding leaks in Gore-Tex waders is to use a flashlight. Get a head lamp or similar flashlight and press it against the fabric of your waders, with the lights turned out in a room, you will see the leaks as very bright spots in the fabric. No need to get the waders wet, then dry them out again to fix them. The best product for fixing small 'pin' holes due to wear or punctures is 'aquaseal', but do not use too much, just a very small dab where the light comes through the fabric. If at all possible apply the aquaseal to the inside of the waders also, although not always an option. When you get the flashlight out to find the holes have a marking pen with you so you can mark the area where the light is the brightest, then you won't be looking for the holes after you turn the lights on in the room when you are ready for aquaseal.
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A great trick for finding leaks in Gore-Tex waders is to use a flashlight. Get a head lamp or similar flashlight and press it against the fabric of your waders, with the lights turned out in a room, you will see the leaks as very bright spots in the fabric. No need to get the waders wet, then dry them out again to fix them. The best product for fixing small 'pin' holes due to wear or punctures is 'aquaseal', but do not use too much, just a very small dab where the light comes through the fabric. If at all possible apply the aquaseal to the inside of the waders also, although not always an option. When you get the flashlight out to find the holes have a marking pen with you so you can mark the area where the light is the brightest, then you won't be looking for the holes after you turn the lights on in the room when you are ready for aquaseal.
NEAT TRICK!

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Great...now I won't need to haul rubbing alcohol, marker, and my sprayer around on trips. Are you turning your waders inside out and patching on the inside or outside.

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Hibernicus,

That's a really good question! I ran out of the tape with my first pair of Dan Bailey waders, and I called Dan Bailey. They sent me more, about the same amount that came with my waders to begin with. Obviously the stuff comes in rolls of some type, and perhaps they'll either tell us where to buy larger amounts or start selling it in meaningful quantities for folks who put some serious wear and tear on their waders.

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When repairing waders with aquaseal, irontape or whatever else you use, be carefull how you apply the product. Try to put it on the inside if at all possible, and use it sparingly, as little as posible to cover the area. When you start to do entire seams, or patch the wear areas on the inside of the knees you will run into trouble. With aquaseal patches, the material of the waders is much more supple than the patched area, and the transition between the patch and original area will be the first to wear. Usually just around the edge of the patched area, so you put more aquaseal on, then you get more wear, etc, etc. It's a ongoing problem that will get bigger with the number and size of your patches. Although I have never used the irontape product I would expect that it would be the same. It might be more supple and wear differently than the aquaseal patch, but I'll bet that it will start to wear and leak just on the edge of the tape after another 10 to 20 days on the water. Patches are a quick fix, do not think that you will get another 2 years out of those leaky waders by gooping them all up.
I have been doing this for years and have come to the realization that sending the wader back to the manufactorer BEFORE you start to patch them is the best thing to do. Many manufactorers will not warrenty product with patches on it. So, what do you do while your waders are out for repair? I own two pairs of Patagonia's guide waders, as soon as one leaks I'll send it back and use the other pair until it leaks. (once you realize that all gore-tex waders will leak, no matter the brand, this will make it easier) Why Patagonia? Not because they are the best wader on the market, I personally think that Simms makes a better product, but because they have the best warrenty in the business, hands down. They stand behind their product like no other, I've sent stuff back that most other manufactorers would laugh at, but they keep on sending me back brand new stuff, not my original item that is repaired.
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Salmo G,

You and I are thinking the same thoughts.

I appreciate all the discussions and diversions but the question remains the same!

Where can we purchase a roll of the tape?

Can anyone out there answer the question?

Maybe some of the manufacturers would share; I can't see how it would disadvantage them!

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-13-2007, 08:34 PM
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try REI

you can get small rolls of tape from REI in their camping repair department. the tape comes in variuos camping colors.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-14-2007, 09:11 PM
 
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I liked speyducer's duct tape story. I have a lot of faith in duct tape. Have use it as a wound plaster once but it was a b*stard to get off. Once saw a wing on a crashed bush plane repaired with duct tape and the mad ass pilot flew it back to anchorage.

The last time I repiared wader it was my nepoprenes. I used aquasure and had no special tape. The guy in the tackle shop claimed that masking tape would work fine and it did. The repair held fine for 2 seasons but the tape on the inside of the waders eventually fell off and they still did not leak. I think the tape just acted as a backing for the aquasure.

I laways use ,3m microporous tape instead of plaster for first aid becaue it allows the wound to heal quicker and this is always at hand in my fishing box in the car. Next time I will use that as a backing tap for the wader repair as the glue can invade the tape and effec agood seal.

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I was thinking of that same tape that RWK mentioned. It's usually used to repair tents, tarpulins, etc. I've never used it to repair waders, or at all come to think of it, but it looks like it'd work fine especially if used with a little aquaseal.

I have friends that use the UV-activated sealant made for wader repair. They claim it works well.

I've also used duct tape. It's not pretty, but it definitely works!
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-09-2007, 06:20 PM
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Try a google search for a product called "Tear-Aid" tape.

Seems to work very well for me.
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