Tips for Using Aquaseal Adhesives
Clean damaged area with isopropyl alcohol.
Trim loose threads. Non-fabric surfaces should be roughened with sandpaper, then cleaned. Apply Aquaseal FD to surfaces directly from tube or with knife or flat stick. Keep repair level overnight. Avoid contact with other surfaces.
Most repairs reach full strength overnight (10-14 hours). Allow longer for thicker repairs. For a faster cure of two hours or less, mix in GEAR AID Cure Accelerator (1 part Cure Accelerator to 3-4 parts Aquaseal FD).
HOLES AND TEARS: Create backing with removable tape or Tenacious Tape. Fill void and 1/4" beyond edge with Aquaseal FD. Remove tape after full cure if desired.
SEAMS: Apply 1/16" thick bead overlapping seams edges by at least 1/4". Apply with slight pressure to saturate fabric surfaces.
HIGH WEAR AREAS: Apply thin coat with brush for flexible abrasion resistance.
STORAGE: Advance contents to tube neck. Wipe clean and cap. Keep in cool, dry place. For extended life, place in a ziplock bag and place in the freezer. To thaw or for easier-flowing contents, soak tube in warm water for 15 minutes. When applied to clothing GEAR AID adhesives are permanent and cannot be removed.
You can color Aquaseal FD using ceramic pigment found at most craft stores. Just mix it directly into the Aquaseal FD. Once cured Aquaseal FD is inert.
How to Remove Adhesives from Hands or Clothes?
Aquaseal FD will flake away naturally off your hands in a few days. You can help this process somewhat by washing your hands with soap and water and using a disposable shop rag to remove as much of the adhesive as possible. We do not recommend using any type of solvent on your skin. When applied to clothing these adhesives are permanent.
When Using Aquaseal and Black Colorant
Apply 8-10 drops per 1/4 oz. (7 ml) of adhesive. Use brush or stick to mix well. Apply as directed above.
Once opened, store unused tube as follows: Begin by advancing the contents to the tube neck to remove any air that may be trapped in the tube. Next wipe the tube threads clean to prevent the cap from sticking. Next, cap tightly. Next, place the adhesive in a plastic ziplock bag. Next, store the adhesive in a dry environment like your freezer. When ready to use, run the tube under warm water for about a minute.
What Can I Use Aquaseal Adhesives On?
- Repair holes and tears in neoprene waders, wetsuits, booties, gloves
- Seals seams and repairs rips and tears on tents, tent flys, tarps & awnings
- Seals seams and pinholes in leaky waders
- Seal gasket seams on dry suits
- Create reinforcement on high wear areas
- Repairs holes, valves and punctures in inflatable rafts, kayaks, and float tubes
- Repairs shoe and boot seams, soles, and insoles
- Repairs SCUBA diving equipment
- Repairs sailboat and sailboard sails
- Repairs convertible car tops and automobile seats
What to do I do if Aquaseal is Not Dry and Sticking to Itself?
Once cured, Aquaseal adhesives may have a surface tack. You can alleviate this tackiness by adding talcum or baby powder. Sprinkle the powder on the cured adhesive and you should no longer have any issues with the seams sticking to one another.