Wetsuit manufacturers use a machine with a curved needle that sews the nylon together without penetrating much of the neoprene. That way, you will have your patch in place and you will not have damaged the suit.
Can you put a patch on neoprene?
With Tenacious Tape Neoprene Patch, fixing rips, holes and tears on anything made of neoprene is simple. Formerly known as Iron Mend, just cut patch to size and use a household iron to create a permanent repair to waders, wetsuits, boots and gloves.
Can you sew neoprene?
Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber material which is normally sandwiched between polyester fabric. It’s incredibly difficult to sew with any sewing machine. But we find when a monster wheel is equipped on a walking foot machine, it improves your chances of sewing neoprene.
Can a hole in a wetsuit be repaired?
Small tears (around 1-2 inches long) can be easily repaired at home. Tears bigger than a few inches may require professional repair services. If the stitches or seams are torn it may also be a good idea to take your suit to a professional for repairs. Before repairing your wetsuit make sure that it is clean and dry.
What kind of thread do you use for neoprene?
Smaller, weaker needles will cause tangles and break during stitching because they are not sharp enough to pierce through the layers of neoprene. Wind two or three bobbins and thread your machine with 100% polyester or heavy-duty nylon thread.
What thread is used for neoprene?
Neoprene puts considerable strain on thread during the production of wetsuits, easily roughening the finish and making it look grey if improperly applied. To prevent this, we recommend using bonded nylon sewing threads.
Can you repair a wetsuit seam?
You can use wetsuit repair glue, or neoprene glue, to glue neoprene panels together. Neoprene glue is flexible and remains waterproof. Wetsuit glue is affordable and it’s available in most surf shops or available online. Don’t use any other type of glue to repair a wetsuit cut.
How much does it cost to patch a wetsuit?
Fixing a rip, tear, or hole in your wetsuit is actually really easy, and it only costs about $5-$10.
Can you glue a wetsuit?
Fold the wetsuit at the point of the cut to open it up and show the two edges which need to be glued together. Using the applicator, apply a thin layer of cement or adhesive to both surfaces. Allow the glue to dry a little (approximately 30 seconds), until it becomes tacky.