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Hip wader problems

Lucy next to me wearing leaky hip waders

My Pro Line hip waders
started leaking back in the Summer and duct tape only seemed to slow the trickle.

I want to guess the times I used them are somewhere between 20 and 30. Feels like they should have lasted longer.

One thought I had was to use some epoxy and glue a piece of rubber inner tube over the hole.

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Epoxy probably won't work; it will not be flexible like the rubber, even if it bonds. There are several things that might work.

Ideally, you would need to know what kind of material the waders are made of, to determine what the best repair strategy is.

1) Heat. If the rubber is thermoplastic is will melt, so rubbing it with a hot piece of metal might allow you to close the hole.

2) Try bonding on a piece of bicycle inner tube with the special glue (really just a solvent gel) that is used for fixing flat tyres. If the material of the waders is also dissolved by the glue, it might work.

Both methods should be tested on the top of the wader before thying the actual repair.

Comment by Roland_Smith Mon Dec 10 16:30:42 2012

Found these products, would love to know if they work because it is a constant problem here.

Comment by Maggie Mon Dec 10 17:41:20 2012

Get on the companys' web site. They may have a repair site with repair instructions.

Good luck.

Comment by mona Mon Dec 10 18:22:50 2012

This looks quick-n-dirty:

Comment by Gerry Mon Dec 10 18:50:57 2012

My husband loves adhesives of all kinds. he'd recommend something called Seam Grip, which comes in a tube in the camping section. It's a bit like rubber cement - stays flexible even in freezing temps, not that you'd want to be wading around in freezing water, but...I never know with you guys, ha ha! I'd totally write to the manufacturers, though. Or at least mention it to the store at which you bought these.

Comment by Rena Mon Dec 10 19:38:53 2012
You might try a can of Flex Seal, its worked pretty good on my 5 gallon buckets that had some holes drilled in it. I thought i would see if the flex seal would really work, like on the commercials. Yep, it did.
Comment by john Mon Dec 10 20:23:37 2012

Maybe you need to find salt water fishermen's boots?

Wish you had a better creek crossing!

This is the most important problem to solve! Good luck!

Comment by adrianne Tue Dec 11 08:00:52 2012
Don't use epoxy, it will just leak again soon. Are you old enough to remember tire patch kits? If you can't find one, contact cement will work better than epoxy ever will.
Comment by vester Tue Dec 11 13:47:26 2012

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