The Aquaseal Wader Repair Kit by GEAR AID includes:

  • One  ¼ oz. tube of adhesive
  • Two (2) Tenacious Tape™ patches (1 clear and 1 black)
  • One applicator brush

You can make repairs with just the adhesive or just a patch. There are only a couple of instances where you will use them in conjunction with one another.

Take the case of sleeping pad. We recommend that you:

  1. Deflate the sleeping pad
  2. Clean the repair area with isopropyl alcohol
  3. Apply a thin layer of adhesive to cover the hole and allow 8-12 hours to cure.

Once cured the pad will be good to go. Our adhesives are permanent, flexible and completely waterproof, so applying the adhesive is typically all that is needed to complete the repair. In this case the patch would not be necessary.

The only time you will use the patch in conjunction with the adhesive is when you need to make a quick fix in the field. Let's use our sleeping pad example again. This time, let's say you're out camping and you poke a hole in your sleeping pad. Typically, you will not have 8-12 hours to allow the adhesive to cure. In that case, follow the three steps above, then cover the adhesive with a Tenacious Tape patch. Ensure the Tenacious Tape adheres directly to the sleeping pad fabric. The patch should hold the repair as the adhesive cures and allow you to use the item right away.

The only other time you will use a patch is if you needed to create a dam or backing. For example, if you burn a quarter sized hole in your waders. Flip the waders inside out, apply the patch over the hole on the inside of the waders, flip the waders back out and then paint a thin layer of adhesive over the hole on the outside of the waders.

Originally Published: Nov 6, 2015

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