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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Any help on fixing waders. They are leaking at every seam possible. I bought some flex seal but I’m afraid to use it to ruin any chance of fixing my waders. Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 04:45 PM
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Leaking at every seam possible? It's time to send them to the big pool in the sky and buy a new pair.
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Well every leg seam. The leaks are very slow and form tiny droplets under a lot of pressure. Just hoping to have a fix to hold on to them for a little bit longer.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 05:10 PM
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What have you got to lose?

That flex seal stuff is supposed to be pretty good stuff, and if your waders last another year, good on ya! Get the spray on stuff and go nuts! Spray the whole damned thing! You'll probably be the first to do something like that, and you can report back to everyone with results!

If not, it's probably time to lay out some $$ for new ones. There are all sorts of good ones out there from which to choose (Simms, Dryft, Froggtoggs, Reddington, Patagonia,........the list goes on......

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IMO your fear is warranted. We use flex seal occaisionally at the job. That stuff stays tacky a long, long time. Everything that touches it turns black. Use it with caution. I've used Loon Knot Sense for puncture repairs with success. Hope this helps

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It will stay tacky and collect every bit of dust and debris it can and takes a long time to dry. Know this from personal experience.

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Buy good quality waders. No brand names mentioned but you know what they are.
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If they're leaking all the way along the seam there isn't much you can do. There's a guy over here who does wetsuit style repairs on waders, but that's only a temporary fix and probably not worth the investment. Similarly, you're going to get through a metric ****-ton of Aquaseal or similar if you have to try and re-seal full seams. It sounds like you'd be throwing good money after bad to be honest.

What you could do perhaps is use them for summer work and where wading deep isn't required, in conjuction with some quick drying trouser/base layer etc. You'd probably have to dry them inside out after each use (which we should all be doing anyway in theory). Sometimes cleaning them can help restore the water repellancy/breathability but if they're leaking down the seams that's probably not going to help.
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Had a “wet foot” problem last year. Two coats of Flex Seal worked on the Neoprene portion of my relatively inexpensive chest wader. Dry boots and initial stiffness from coating make initial insertion a little difficult. But after, no problem. This October’s visit to OP will be in new Simms.
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Any help on fixing waders. They are leaking at every seam possible. I bought some flex seal but I’m afraid to use it to ruin any chance of fixing my waders. Any help would be appreciated.
Every seam possible? One thing is that during hot weather you get a lot of condensation inside a wader when you step into very cold water. It will feel like a leak. Turn them inside out and apply alcohol where you think the leaks are, then turn them right side in and look for the where the alcohol made it through. That is the leak.

Simms tried telling me about the condensation and I sent the wader in anyway, and they had to replace the booties because of bad seams. I think you have a choice of 1) warranty or 2) new waders. I suggest number 2, and spending enough that #1 is possible later.

They all leak sooner or later and the alcohol trick is the way to find holes. Especially with two-handed rods, we generate a lot of line speed on the forward cast with big hooks with sharp points. Easy to put a hole through a wader. Or, when your casting is rusty, to get a free pierced ear and a major cut under your eye .
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Thanks everyone. I went ahead and applied on the inside. I’ll report after today.
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I have read that bacteries eat dirt, sweat and skin flakes etc and then their poop comes strong like acid and it cause wader seam glue detach so washing waders often and definitely after season keep them leak free longer. Washing also improves waders breathability.

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It worked!!! I sprayed the inside of the waders. Dry for 24 hours. Well,.... it worked until the very end until I fell and filled up my waders with water. But hey the water didn’t come out!!!
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Any reputable brand will warranty waders if they leak.
I have sent waders both to Patagonia for leaky seams at the crotch and sent an old pair of G4’s to Simms and just ended up having to pay postage.
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