How to Patch Breathable Waders

How to Patch Breathable Waders
If you think your breathable waders may have sprung a leak or notice excess moisture inside, you can try a quick and easy repair. There are several products and methods to repair waders including fabric patches and liquid sealants. The most challenging part of the process is identifying the leak. Large gashes or leaks should be looked at by a professional, while small pin points and tears can be done by hand.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Identifying the Leak

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bathtub
  • Repair kit
  • Aquaseal or UV Wader Repair
  • Hot glue gun
 
Step 1
Identify the leak by submerging your waders in a tubful of water and look for bubbles around leaks. Filling your waders with water to look for leaks could cause stress and damage to weakened seams.
Step 2
Fill a spray bottle with one part water and one part rubbing alcohol and spray down your waders. Immediately turn them inside out and look for a dark spot on the wader material.
Step 3
Fill your waders with water if you still can't find the leak or suspect you have several tears. Pick up one section of your waders at a time and look for water draining through leaks. Hanging them up with water will cause stress and potential damage to the fabric and seams.

Liquid Sealant Patches

Step 1
Read your manufacturer's recommended methods for breathable wader repair. Your method of repair is contingent on the material of your waders and type of leak. Your waders may also still be under warranty and can be fixed for free.
Step 2
Use a liquid sealant like Aquaseal or UV Wader Repair from a local retailer (see Resources). Liquid sealants can be applied directly to the leak and dried within a few hours.
Step 3
Read the instructions for your liquid repair sealant and apply. The technique should resemble taking a bottle of Elmer's glue or rubber cement and applying directly to a flat surface. This technique is a good option for breathable waders made from a nylon microfibr, but not neoprene.
Step 4
Use neoprene glue to patch neoprene waders. Apply it directly to the leak or tear and let it dry before wearing waders in the water.
Step 5
Use a hot glue gun to apply to a broken seam. Only try this method as a last resort as the hot glue can further damage the seam and ruin your waders. This method is not recommended for pinhole leaks.

Patch Repair Kits

Step 1
Turn your waders inside out and use the breathable wader patch kit that came with your purchase or find one at an outdoor retailer. The kit should come with tape and fabric swatches.
Step 2
Turn your iron on low steam on a polyester or rayon setting and let it warm up.
Step 3
Identify the leak using the techniques described above and dry off the waders. Cut a small piece of fabric tape to fit over the leak and press the iron over it for 5 to 10 seconds and let cool. Read your repair kit instructions on which side you should place the tape. For an Orvis repair kit, the white side of the tape should be facing down.
Step 4
Treat larger tears with a piece of cut fabric and cover the edges with tape against your waders. Place your iron on the patch for 10 seconds and let cool. Consult your kit's instructions on which side the fabric should face. An Orvis repair kit requires the fabric's gray side facing up.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Hang your waders on a plastic hanger or over a clothesline to dry. Do not ball up or store waders while they are still wet.
 
Hang your waders on a plastic hanger or over a clothesline to dry.
 
Do not ball up or store waders while they are still wet.
 
Patching breathable waders can break down the coating that allows it to breathe. If your leaks are small, you shouldn't notice a difference. There is no guarantee that patching your waders will keep out water.
 
Patching breathable waders can break down the coating that allows it to breathe. If your leaks are small, you shouldn't notice a difference.
 
There is no guarantee that patching your waders will keep out water.

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