Jump to content

Welcome to TheMalibuCrew!

As a guest, you are welcome to poke around and view the majority of the content that we have to offer, but in order to post, search, contact members, and get full use out of the website you will need to Register for an Account. It's free and it's easy, so don't hesitate to join the TheMalibuCrew Family today!

Sign in to follow this  
Badger

Fix a dry suit leak?

Recommended Posts

Badger

I have a leak in my O'Neill Boost dry suit. It appears the fabric is wearing out right where three seams come together. Has anyone had this issue and tried to fix themselves or will O'Neill fix something like this? I'll post a pic when I get back to the full site, but it's hard to see.

Share this post


Link to post
Badger

Here's the pic. I think the leak is to the right of the intersection of the seams. There's a clear semi circle of vinyl that's hard to see. The leak is right at the edge of that. Is there a patch I can glue in?

post-2570-0-40675100-1447641861_thumb.jp

Share this post


Link to post
WINEGRAPEGROWER

you can send it back to Oneal and they will fix it at no charge.

They will also redo all the seams. Again at no charge.. It will be a tad bit smaller though.

Share this post


Link to post
Rednucleus

I have repaired many leaky seams and replaced multiple wrists, legs, and one neck in my vintage 1994 Stay Dry with a product called Seam Grip - similar to Aqua seal. Got a big 8 oz tube on amazon a couple years ago. Store it in a ziplock in the freezer and it lasts forever. It's a quick 24 hour fix if you can't wait for the factory turn around. And you will find many other uses once you have it in your freezer!

I would use a toothbrush to paint the injured area.

Edited by Rednucleus

Share this post


Link to post
ahopkinsVTX

you can send it back to Oneal and they will fix it at no charge.

They will also redo all the seams. Again at no charge.. It will be a tad bit smaller though.

Only if it is new enough. I just had the seals replaced on mine and it was $20 a seal. Not complaining but, I am pretty sure there is a cut off on the free replacements.

Share this post


Link to post
WINEGRAPEGROWER

Only if it is new enough. I just had the seals replaced on mine and it was $20 a seal. Not complaining but, I am pretty sure there is a cut off on the free replacements.

NOt sure about the age...mine is 10+ years and has been fixed multiple times and not charged for the repairs.....maybe on the cheapy ones? Which is why ya get what ya pay for!

Share this post


Link to post
ahopkinsVTX

NOt sure about the age...mine is 10+ years and has been fixed multiple times and not charged for the repairs.....maybe on the cheapy ones? Which is why ya get what ya pay for!

Mine is a Boost, not a cheap one. Maybe they just changed policies. I don't think mine is 10 years old.

Share this post


Link to post
Bill_AirJunky

NOt sure about the age...mine is 10+ years and has been fixed multiple times and not charged for the repairs.....maybe on the cheapy ones? Which is why ya get what ya pay for!

Why multiple repairs? Mine is made in 2001 & only had new feet on it one time. My Santa suit is even older & never had seals replaced on it ever..... but it only gets used one day a year too.

Share this post


Link to post
WINEGRAPEGROWER

Why multiple repairs? Mine is made in 2001 & only had new feet on it one time. My Santa suit is even older & never had seals replaced on it ever..... but it only gets used one day a year too.

I ski year round...probably as much or even more during the fall and winter months.....the suit lasts about 2 years before there are leaks around the arm pits and crotch.

And you know how cold the columbia is around Feb - Apr!

Edited by WINEGRAPEGROWER

Share this post


Link to post
Bill_AirJunky

I ski year round...probably as much or even more during the fall and winter months.....the suit lasts about 2 years before their are leaks around the arm pits and crothch.

And you know how cold the columbia is around Feb - Apr!

Same here, all around Washington & Oregon, quite a few times in Cali. Never had a problem with the arm pits or crotches rotting out.

Edited by Bill_AirJunky

Share this post


Link to post
Rednucleus

I ski year round...probably as much or even more during the fall and winter months.....the suit lasts about 2 years before their are leaks around the arm pits and crothch.

And you know how cold the columbia is around Feb - Apr!

It's the radiation in the water from Hanford.

On a related topic, how & where do you guys store your Dry suits??

Share this post


Link to post
Bill_AirJunky

It's the radiation in the water from Hanford.

On a related topic, how & where do you guys store your Dry suits??

Haha, nice. I have a couple friends who keep their Malibus in the Yacht Club marina. Nice riding.

Wiley told me it has to be rolled up & sealed up in a big zip lock baggie that they included. Been doing it that way ever since.

Edited by Bill_AirJunky

Share this post


Link to post
WINEGRAPEGROWER

It's the radiation in the water from Hanford.

On a related topic, how & where do you guys store your Dry suits??

YA but that glow in the dark makes night skiing possible year round. Plus ya get a warm tingling feeling after a couple of sets!

Share this post


Link to post
robbennett

Is the seam grip soft enough to use on a wetsuit too? I have a 1/2 inch long separation on mine and really can't justify a whole new suit for it.

I have repaired many leaky seams and replaced multiple wrists, legs, and one neck in my vintage 1994 Stay Dry with a product called Seam Grip - similar to Aqua seal. Got a big 8 oz tube on amazon a couple years ago. Store it in a ziplock in the freezer and it lasts forever. It's a quick 24 hour fix if you can't wait for the factory turn around. And you will find many other uses once you have it in your freezer!

I would use a toothbrush to paint the injured area.

Share this post


Link to post
Rednucleus

Is the seam grip soft enough to use on a wetsuit too? I have a 1/2 inch long separation on mine and really can't justify a whole new suit for it.

Works well on wet suits too. This season I plan to use it to reinforce the knees on my old Viper 3/4 suit - not made anymore and still my favorite for much of the year. Do several layers with at least 4 hours between coats for big repairs. I put a piece of plastic behind the repair and I also turn it inside out to do both sides. Still has nice elasticity to it when cured.

Share this post


Link to post
Badger

Thanks for all the tips. I've been busy the last couple of days. I'll get a call into O'Neill first, and then make a decision on which way to go. I also paid last year to get a the wrist seals replaced at the factory. I'm not so happy that I might have to send it back in 1 year later. I also noticed that the ankle seals are cracking as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Rednucleus

Thanks for all the tips. I've been busy the last couple of days. I'll get a call into O'Neill first, and then make a decision on which way to go. I also paid last year to get a the wrist seals replaced at the factory. I'm not so happy that I might have to send it back in 1 year later. I also noticed that the ankle seals are cracking as well.

Ankles & wrists are an easy at home repair. I get replacement seals from Wileys in Seattle - great customer service. I use a hair dryer to soften the old glue and remove the seal, then clean with alcohol. Don't need to work too hard at getting all the old glue off. I inflate a balloon to get a good seal fit, roll the edges back, apply the seam seal then roll back down over the glue. Also lightly roughen both seal and suit with a fine sandpaper before gluing. You can also use a suitable sized bottle instead of a balloon and slide it in the arm/leg. After you do a few it's a pretty quick operation.

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...