Introduction

Leaky waders are no fun. Patching them yourself is not only easy, but will give you more bragging rights than your last fish tale. Follow these easy instructions for a simple, near-invisible patch for your waders.

If you know where your waders are leaking, skip down to the Patching a Hole section.

  1. Set up a ladder in a level place outside that you don't mind getting wet. Turn the waders inside out. Clip the waders to the ladder.
    • Set up a ladder in a level place outside that you don't mind getting wet.

    • Turn the waders inside out.

    • Clip the waders to the ladder.

  2. Put the hose into the waders. Slide the hose into one leg of the waders. Slide the hose into one leg of the waders.
    • Put the hose into the waders.

    • Slide the hose into one leg of the waders.

  3. Turn on the hose and begin to fill the waders. Be sure to pay attention because the large amount of water may tip the ladder. If needed, weigh the back side of the ladder down to prevent it from tipping.
    • Turn on the hose and begin to fill the waders.

    • Be sure to pay attention because the large amount of water may tip the ladder. If needed, weigh the back side of the ladder down to prevent it from tipping.

  4. Watch for leaks. When you find a leak, mark it with a permanent marker. Repeat this process for the other leg, marking all the leaks you find. Dump the water out and allow the waders to dry completely before you continue.
    • Watch for leaks. When you find a leak, mark it with a permanent marker.

    • Repeat this process for the other leg, marking all the leaks you find.

    • Dump the water out and allow the waders to dry completely before you continue.

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  6. Wipe your marked areas down with an alcohol wipe to clean them. Wait for the area to completely dry before continuing. Wait for the area to completely dry before continuing.
    • Wipe your marked areas down with an alcohol wipe to clean them.

    • Wait for the area to completely dry before continuing.

  7. Add a drop of Seam Grip to the marked area.
    • Add a drop of Seam Grip to the marked area.

      • You need enough Seam Grip to thinly cover a one-inch square.

  8. Use the paintbrush to spread the Seam Grip thinly and evenly over the area. Use the paintbrush to spread the Seam Grip thinly and evenly over the area.
    • Use the paintbrush to spread the Seam Grip thinly and evenly over the area.

  9. Rotate your brush 90 degrees and spread the glue evenly over the area. Rotate your brush 90 degrees and spread the glue evenly over the area.
    • Rotate your brush 90 degrees and spread the glue evenly over the area.

  10. Apply the thin film (included in your wader repair kit) on top of the Seam Grip. Smooth out the film with your finger, pushing out any air bubbles. Allow the waders to sit undisturbed for 12 hours.
    • Apply the thin film (included in your wader repair kit) on top of the Seam Grip.

    • Smooth out the film with your finger, pushing out any air bubbles.

    • Allow the waders to sit undisturbed for 12 hours.

  11. Peel the thin film off of the waders. Peel the thin film off of the waders. Peel the thin film off of the waders.
    • Peel the thin film off of the waders.

Conclusion

You should now have an invisible, but watertight patch. Repeat this for all of the leaks you marked.

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