Replacing latex drysuit seals without using glue

Many adhesives are flammable, and as such are classed as dangerous goods for shipping. Seaskin have developed a range of seals and tape that can be shipped without problem and then applied at home with simple tools.

The system is based on coating our normal range of seals with a heat reactive adhesive.

If the old seal is still in a reasonable state where it is glued to the suit, then the new seal can be stuck over the top of it.

Great care should be taken to ascertain if your drysuit can withstand the heat required to apply the seals. PVC drysuits should not be repaired in this way due to the risk of melting the fabric. Neoprene suits are also prone to being scored by the heat; we suggest using a protective layer of cardboard (see video).

Domestic irons can be used to applied the heat, also hot air heat guns – a combination of both is best.

Using this system you can get useable results without the use of maybe difficult to obtain glues. The bond strength is not quite up to that of a bond using two part adhesives such as Stormoprene or Bostic 2402 but our testing has shown that they adhesion levels are up to normal usage. If you have any doubts whether the strength is not up to the level your use requires then you should send the suit away for a professional repair or use conventional glues.

Which should I choose?

“HeatOn-SelfSeal to the INSIDE of the seals” or “HeatOn-SelfSeal to the OUTSIDE of the seals”

This simply depends on if you going to apply the new replacement seal to the inside or outside of the suit being repaired.

If you’re applying on inside of suit, select HeatOn-SelfSeal to the outside of the seals.

If you’re applying on outside of suit select HeatOn-SelfSeal to the inside of the seals.

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