Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: British Columbia
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.