How to Repair Neoprene Waders

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How to Repair Neoprene Waders

Wet and cold legs and feet are often the result of leakingneoprene waders.. Leaks along seams, tears in the fabric,, and minute holes can cause discomfort and be a safety hazard. Repairing those leaks seems like a difficult job for the uninitiated, but owners can do it and avoid buying new waders. Finding the correct materials and tools needed to prepare and repair neoprene waders goes a long way toward a lasting repair that keeps the waders in service. Whether owners purchase the items at an outdoors store or online at a site like eBay,, they can successfully repair their waders at home with some knowledge about the process.

Tools and Materials for Repairing Neoprene Waders

To clean neoprene waders, owners need a variety of tools.

Repair Tools

Safety Tools

Air or bicycle pump

Bucket and water

Dishwashing liquid

Neoprene adhesive

Neoprene repair kit

Neoprene seam fabric



Waterproof pen


Safety glasses

For small pinholes and tears, neoprene glue may suffice. For larger tears or seam rips, owners may need to purchase a neoprene repair kit.

Locating the Damaged Area

If the leaking area is not visible to the naked eye, owners may need to do a torch or water test to locate the leaks. This is especially true of pinhole leaks.

Water Test

Fill a bucket or bathtub with water. Tie the waders at the top leaving room for an air hose or bicycle pump hose to fit through. Fill the waders with air and immerse the waders in the water. Allow the water to calm for a moment and then look for bubbles where the air is leaking out of the waders. Mark the area of the hole with a waterproof pen. There may be more than one leak, so it is important to check thoroughly.

Torch Test

Owners should do this in an area of low light. Shine a torch inside the waders and looks for light coming through to the outside. Mark any lighted sports with a waterproof pen or highlighter.

Repairing Small Holes

Owners should patch small holes from both the inside and outside. Apply a small amount of neoprene adhesive to the hole and surrounding area on the outside of the waders. Allow the glue to dry overnight and then do the inside of the hole as well.

Repairing Tears or Rips

For tears or rips, owners should apply a patch should to both the outside and inside of the waders. Using scissors, remove any frayed or jagged edges around the tear or rip. Apply neoprene glue to both sides of the tear and allow it to cure according to the manufacturer's directions. Apply a second coating of glue and allow it to cure. Then, ease the edges of the tear or rip together and allow it to sit for the recommended time. Cut two neoprene patches that extend 2 cm outward from the rip. Apply the adhesive and patches both inside and out.

Repairing Seams

To repair a seam, owners should use neoprene glue and neoprene seam tape. First use scissors to clean up the edges of the seams. Apply glue to both edges and allow it to cure for 10 minutes. Then, coat both edges with the adhesive again and allow it to cure for 2 minutes. It is important to coat the edges well without using an excess of glue. Once the seams have cured for the second time, gently bring the edges together and ease them to fit. Next, cut a piece of neoprene seam tape, allowing for 2 cm over at the top and bottom. Coat the inside of the seam tape with neoprene glue and allow it to cure according to the manufacturer's directions. Apply the seam tape both on the outside and inside of the waders, allowing one side to dry completely before doing the other.

How to Buy Items to Repair Neoprene Waders on eBay

To purchase the tools and materials necessary to repair waders on eBay,, go to any page of the site. Locate the Search box and type in keywords for what you need. For instance, for neoprene repair you can try "neoprene adhesive&" or " neoprene repair kit&". If the results list is too long, you can narrow the results by clicking on a category.

Owners of neoprene waders can extend their life by making repairs themselves. When purchasing a kit that includes neoprene fabric, owners should be sure to note the colour and weight of the fabric to be sure it matches their waders.

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