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Has anyone done this?
I have a suit thats a few year young but not heavily dived. I have a fizzing leak near the crotch but not on the seam and wanted to fix it myself. I'd send it back to Gates but i'm now living in Oz and postage would be silly!
I've done my own neck seals before but i'm not sure about patching the suit....what material and adhesive to use.
Any help out there?
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I guess that would depend very much on exactly where the hole is in the suit.. if the area is prone to a lot of movement due to you walking and finning - then I would guess it would need to be done properly - i.e. patched, sealed, stitched and resealed. If its not a 'high traffic area' then I would say some of the two part glues are very good (Bostik 2402 and the Dunlop version)- and you might get away with just locating the site and dabbing glue both sides.. Can you not find a specialist locally (i.e. not Gates/Hunter)?

Hard to say really..
 

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Thanks for the reply. Yeah the leak is in a high traffic area.....my crotch!
The leak is very small, invisible to the eye but fizzes when preasurised and covered in soapy water.
I have some bostik 2402 from doing my neck seal and was thinking of making a patch for inside and out glued with the bostik....i dunno, what material to make the patch as the suit is an odd material itself.
As for local pro's for suit repaires...erm that's why i did my own neck seal. In fact the seal had to come over from the other side of the country!
Do you think a patch made from 40mm neoprene tape would do the trick?
 

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Thanks for the reply. Yeah the leak is in a high traffic area.....my crotch!
The leak is very small, invisible to the eye but fizzes when preasurised and covered in soapy water.
I have some bostik 2402 from doing my neck seal and was thinking of making a patch for inside and out glued with the bostik....i dunno, what material to make the patch as the suit is an odd material itself.
As for local pro's for suit repaires...erm that's why i did my own neck seal. In fact the seal had to come over from the other side of the country!
Do you think a patch made from 40mm neoprene tape would do the trick?
That sounds like a small leak, you could just tape around the area & then flood it with aquasure (mix in some Cotol 240 to cut the drying time down to 2 hours).

Alternatively make a patch out of neoprene (I normally cut up an old pair of 3mm gloves or wetsuit booties) and slap it on using your surplus bostik. If you really want to go to town, do one patch inside, one patch outside & then aquasure the edges of each patch.

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How did you manage to put a hole in a Gates Pro-VSN 1100? :)

If you would like I'll ring them up and ask Hunter (now owners of Gates) what they recommend ............. or you could email them?

Hunter Dry Diving Suit Contact Page
 

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PBrown thanks for the ideas. I think a small patch will do the trick.
Finless, I have no idea how the hole came about but i was gutted! Maybe it was one of the green eyed westuit divers on the boat!
Will drop hunter an email and see what they say. It actually looks like a faliure in the suit material.
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My mate has just had a similar problem. When Gates get very busy they send out the suits to a 3rd party to repair.

That company is called Azdry - ask for Maggie, Tel -01226 351333
 

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Finless, I have no idea how the hole came about but i was gutted! Maybe it was one of the green eyed westuit divers on the boat!
Will drop hunter an email and see what they say. It actually looks like a faliure in the suit material.
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Before Gates were taken over by Hunter their cust services were VERY good - they replaced my previous suit (already a few years old) for a £100 when they discovered the material was delaminating (curiously enough that problem was around the nadgers which, I believe, is in a similar area on your suit).

I think Hunter are more money oriented and aren't so ......... "fair". Gates used to give the suits an inspection when returned for new cuffs or neck seals, Hunter offer the same service but charge for it.

Of course the time and money to send the suit from Australia might no makie it worth while?
 

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Has anyone done this?
I have a suit thats a few year young but not heavily dived. I have a fizzing leak near the crotch but not on the seam and wanted to fix it myself. I'd send it back to Gates but i'm now living in Oz and postage would be silly!
I've done my own neck seals before but i'm not sure about patching the suit....what material and adhesive to use.
Any help out there?
Cheeers
If you Google for some courier prices etc you may not find it too exorbitant?

I know little about suit repairs and whether the construction of a Gates suit requires a special adhesive or ....................

Whatever you decide, I would def contact Gates - at least for advce on getting the repair done locally.

Anyway, why do you need a dry suit in Oz? I thought it was always "bloody hot mate!"? :):)
 

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I know little about suit repairs and whether the construction of a Gates suit requires a special adhesive or ....................
From personal experience, Bostik 2402 works fine on a Gates VSN1100 (doesn't even matter if the pretty badge on the front says 'Hunter' or 'Gates'). If it didn't then the wrist & neck seals would fall off.

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Cheapest delivery of the suit is £50 each way. Plus the repair costs....no idea what that might be. I thought that was making the repair a bit steep!
Yeah it's bloody hot it perth for most of the year but winter diving in a drysuit is a luxury! ......i only have one because it came out from the UK with me!
 

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Well just to close this thread off. I took the suite to the UK with me and spoke to Hunter/Gates. They put me in touch with their repair guys in Hull who patched the suit despite my worries of the material degrading. The suit was out of waranty but only clocked 50 ish dives. So i was charged £58 for a patch.
I'll see how i get on with it very soon.
Thanks for all of your input.
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Well just to close this thread off. I took the suite to the UK with me and spoke to Hunter/Gates. They put me in touch with their repair guys in Hull who patched the suit despite my worries of the material degrading. The suit was out of waranty but only clocked 50 ish dives. So i was charged £58 for a patch.
I'll see how i get on with it very soon.
Thanks for all of your input.
Cheeers
That's a bit disappointing ........... suits of that quality should have almost a life time warranty.
 
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