Stephan Fehringer | Dive Instructor | Changing Your Drysuit Seal In A Few Minutes
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Changing Your Drysuit Seal In A Few Minutes

2011 09 05 13

Changing Your Drysuit Seal In A Few Minutes

Your drysuit seal is broken again?

It happens that your seals break without a shop next to you or not having time to go there.
Here I want to show you the miracle of changing the seals of a drysuit. Basically it´s not more than removing the old one and to add a new one 😉

Changing drysuit seals, step by step instructions

  1. first, remove the broken seal carefully. You can also use a hair dryer to warm up the glued areas.first, remove the broken seal carefully. You can also use a hair dryer to warm up the glued areas.
  2. with a piece of sandpaper you can remove the rest of the old gluewith a piece of sandpaper you can remove the rest of the old glue
  3. Use a bottle or milled wood to hold the suit in place. Then clean the glue area. You can use something similar like silicon cleanerUse a bottle or milled wood to hold the suit in place. Then clean the glue area. You can use something similar like silicon cleaner
  4. Roughen the glue area of the new seals and clean it alsoRoughen the glue area of the new seals and clean it also
  5. Bring the new seal in it´s final place. I covered the areas around to avoid having glue on itBring the new seal in it´s final place. I covered the areas around to avoid having glue on it
  6. Turn the new seal backward, like here on this pictureTurn the new seal backward, like here on this picture
  7. I use a 2 component glue (SC4000) with less hardener. You can also use every other cantact glue available at the hardware store next to youI use a 2 component glue (SC4000) with less hardener. You can also use every other cantact glue available at the hardware store next to you
  8. Leaf it to dry for a few minutes till the glue is dry. Read the manual of your glue first!Leaf it to dry for a few minutes till the glue is dry. Read the manual of your glue first!
  9. Roll the new drysuit seal back in its final position. Be careful, You have only one chance!Roll the new drysuit seal back in its final position. Be careful, You have only one chance!
  10. Your DIY project is almost finish. If you want you can seal the inner side with some glue.If you want you can seal the inner side with some glue

 

Depending on your glue you have to wait till it´s set hard.

I wish you good luck and always a dry suit!

 

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