Repairing Nail Digs

Nail Dig RepairsHow To Repair a Nail Dig

Nail digs can occur on the smooth surfaces of a wetsuit. This is usually the result of pulling too hard when putting the suit on. Should a tear or nail dig occur, then repairing it yourself is a very simple 5 minute job.

First, you will need some wetsuit repair adhesive or rubber cement glue. Also, you will need a a small brush (such as an artists painting brush) or a spatula (which can simply be a thin piece of plastic or card).

Step 1:
Fold the wetsuit over at the point of the cut so that the cut opens up to reveal the two surfaces that need to be glued back together.
Step 2:
Apply a thin, even layer of rubber cement glue to both surfaces. Continue to hold the cut open while the glue dries. Do not rejoin the surfaces while the glue is still wet or tacky.
Step 3:
The glue will only take 1 to 3 minutes to dry (depending on room temperature and humidity). The glue looks glossy when wet. It will become matte when dry. Once it appears dry, then check it by gently touching the glue surface to check. It will feel only slightly tacky and will not stick to your finger.
Step 4:
Flatten out the suit so that the two surfaces come together. The bond is instant.
Step 5:
Pinch the two surfaces firmly together.


Note: The maximum bond is achieved over a period of 4 to 6 hours or as specified on the glue or adhesive. You should avoid putting any immediate pressure on to the repaired surface until the bond is secure.