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.

Image 1/3: Turn the waders inside out. Image 2/3: Clip the waders to the ladder. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/3: Slide the hose into one leg of the waders. Image 2/3: Slide the hose into one leg of the waders. Image 3/3: Slide the hose into one leg of the waders.
  • Put the hose into the waders.

  • Slide the hose into one leg of the waders.

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Image 1/2: 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. Image 2/2: 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.

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Image 1/3: Repeat this process for the other leg, marking all the leaks you find. Image 2/3: Dump the water out and allow the waders to dry completely before you continue. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Wait for the area to completely dry before continuing. Image 2/3: Wait for the area to completely dry before continuing. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/1: You need enough Seam Grip to thinly cover a one-inch square.
  • Add a drop of Seam Grip to the marked area.

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

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

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

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Image 1/3: Smooth out the film with your finger, pushing out any air bubbles. Image 2/3: Allow the waders to sit undisturbed for 12 hours. Image 3/3: 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.

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  • Peel the thin film off of the waders.

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Conclusion

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

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