Leaky Waders Aren't Much Fun.
I can't believe we are in the middle of fall fishing already. The seasons have rushed on by. What a great summer it has been. Lots of good water and beautiful fish. I have been getting out as often as I can and over the last few outings started to notice that my left wader foot was getting progressively leaky. I wear Chota hip waders. I love that they are lightweight and pack small. They are perfect for most every stream I fish. Not super expensive but also not cheap. I would like to get more than a few seasons out of them. In the past I had touched up the seams that started to peel back with a little super glue. These held pretty well for a while.
Unfortunately the waders near the end of this season have been just slowly wetting my socks. The left wader finally got so bad that it immediately soaked my sock just stepping into the water. I looked for a seam that might be blown out and eventually using an old trick found an actual hole in the toe. More about that shortly.
At first I thought maybe I would just try and reseal everything up again with the old superglue. One thing that I noticed about using superglue though was that it would eventually crack and flake. What I really needed was a rubberized substance that I could apply to the seams. I remembered a product that I had seen at the hardware store used for resealing leaky gutters and such. Then I also remembered a product used for dipping tool handles into that created a rubberized grip. With a little on line research I found Plasti-Dip by Performix was also now available in an aerosol spray. Basically a spray on rubberized sealer! This product seems to have sealed my seams dare I say better than manufacturer's standards.
Patching and Sealing Pointers
This all took very little time and my waders are definitely going to last me at least one more season. I am tempted when I purchase my next set of waders to go ahead and preemptively spray the seams. For whatever reason the sealing tape glue isn't nearly as good as this stuff is when it comes to making a very smooth and adherent seal.
Plasti-Dip rocks for these kinds of repairs and their website shows that it can be used in lots of interesting ways on other items. It is strong, rubberized and seals watertight. I am happy with the results and will be looking at other products put out by this company. I am ready to hit the water again and won't have wet socks to contend with. I hope that you find this hack very helpful.
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