Ok......this is Repair 101 class. :mrgreen:
Spent ten years in the Corps. and part of my Aviation Life Support Specialist training (sounds impressive huh?) was repairing inflatables such as life rafts from one man to 20 man, emergency ditch life preservers for pilots and crew and giant red Gumby suits for cold water ditching made of the same stuff, neoprene, our waders are made of. This IS the proper way to patch these things. This can also be used on that micro-fiber denier stuff (rubber impermeated nylon). These directions do NOT always work on area's near or on a seam. If the repair was within 1 inch of a seam, the item was wrote off.
1. Clean the area with alcohol out to about three inches out from the hole or tear. (we used to use methyl ethal ketone until they told us it causes cancer, nice huh?)
2. Cut a patch that will fit to cover the hole by one inch in all directions. Round is best. We used fabric scissors, the ones with the teeth. Clean the patch with the alcohol, let dry.
3. Take the repair glue, GOOD rubber cement prescribed by the label to be used on your fabric, and brush the glue on the patch and the wader area. Try to keep the glue area on the wader the same size and shape as the patch. Let the glue set and get tacky.
4. Brush another LIGHT coat of the glue on both surfaces again. Wait about a minute then apply the patch to the repair area. Make sure you get all air bubbles out, use something to roll the patch area out. We had miniature rolling pins.
5. Sprinkle some light talcom powder on the patch and any glue that oozes from the rolling action. This helps the glue cure (Pulls the moisture and drying agents out) Roll it out more.
6. Apply some weight to the repair area. Keep the weight on the repair area and patch for at least 24 hours. We used a 10 lb. flat weight.
You can try this method or on neoprene you can clean the area of repair and put glue in the tear and squeeze it together and hold it until it will stay closed. That's the prescribed method by most manufactures of neoprene waders. The method I decsribed worked VERY well for us. I made repairs to items that upon them coming back to my inspection table 5 years later were still holding up.
Hey, did you grab the blind bag with the shells when we left the truck?
Safetys, use them: If you can see red, you can get dead!