A common problem with a wetsuit – Wear and Tear

Owning your own wetsuit is probably a good investment to have. One could hardly find a rental wetsuit that could fit snugly on your body. This means the rental wetsuit will never be able to keep you warm. A wetsuit is supposed to trap a thin layer of water between you and your body. The layer of water will be warm by your body which prevents you from losing too much heat while in the water. Therefore, a loose fitting wetsuit will not benefit from this effect. In fact, you will be heating up the new volume of water that flows in from the loose ends of the wetsuit.

As a diver and a scuba instructor, I give the least care of my wetsuit. I put it on, jump into the pool or sea and teach my class. After surfacing, head back to shore and remove my wetsuit, dump it into a bucket of water, swirl it around and just chuck it into my dive gear bag or box. When I reach home, I just hand it over this thin rope that I have installed for all my dive equipment to dry. This is the amount of care that I give to my wetsuit. I believe that many divers are as guilty as me.

A wetsuit is a delicate piece of equipment. A fitting wetsuit will fit on one’s body snugly, this also means the wetsuit will actually follow the body movement of the wearer. At certain points or parts of the wetsuit, it will be stretch to extreme usage. This is particularly at the thigh as a diver, one is constantly finning. Even the seams of the wetsuit are stitch on to, with the divers’ movement in mind. Wetsuits are designed with this critical point in mind. Yet it does not mean that a wetsuit will last you for forever.

The motion of you putting on and taking off your wetsuit stretches the material to its extreme tensile. The seams that are stitch on the wetsuit do also get stretch and pulled apart. To make the situation worst, the humid and hot weather in Singapore does not help preserve the material of the wetsuit. With all these conditions, wear and tear will definitely come knocking on your wetsuit door sooner or later.

One will start to see the seams breaking a part or even a small hole in the material of the wetsuit. Initially, you might think that a small hole would not affect much of its ability to keep you warm. However, with all the stretching and manhandling of the wetsuit, this hole will get bigger and bigger. The first instinct thought one will have is to sew the hole with normal thread, but have you ever thought that sewing across the hole does not prevent water from flushing out of your wetsuit. The second thought that you will have is to get a similar material and sew it on top, thus it will prevent water from seeping in. However, do you know if you do not sew it properly water is still going to seep in? This will happen at the holes created by the needle.

Now, you think that your wetsuit is doomed. It can not be repaired, there is no way that we could stop the water from seeping in. Well, there is a product that is made of cement glue. When one applies it, it will create a strong bond to hold both ends of the material together. Furthermore, it will also block water from seeping into it and it does not dissolve upon contact with water or humid and hot weather. Now, your wetsuit can prolong its usage longer.





M Essentials Aqua Seal

Create a strong bond to stop leaks

With M Essentials Aqua Seal, it could help you solve this terrible problem. In fact, it could save you from “burning a big hole in your pocket” literally.

You can easily repair tears and rips in your favorite exposure suit. Aquaseal is a clear, waterproof adhesive and sealant, specially formulated for the flexibility, adhesion and abrasion protection you are when you’re in the water.

Pros Cons
The sealant is moisture cured, therefore it would not be affected by extreme temperature. A tedious process to apply sealant.
Can be used to mend big or small holes It has to be kept in a freezer after the first usage to prevent the sealant from solidifying.
The sealant can last long after application. Upon application, there will be harmful vapor, thus have to be used in an open area or well-ventilated space.
Safe to use on natural, synthetic fabrics, rubber and plastics It contains a chemical call Toluene.


Watch the video below to learn how to use the Aqua Seal.