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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.

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    • 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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    • Put the hose into the waders.

    • Slide the hose into one leg of the waders.

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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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.

Conclusion

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

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Brittany McCrigler

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Ho riparato i wader seguendo le indicazioni, ed e stato un trionfo, lavoro perfettamente riuscito. Ora devo provare la tenuta andando a pescare.

Unico problema e il pennarello, che bagnandosi con l’acqua sbava e tende a cancellarsi pur essendo indelebile…. Quando si i Wader si asciugano si rischia di non vedere bene i buchi da riparare se sono di piccola entità.

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