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Hi guys , what’s the best glue for sticking a chest pad onto a wetsuit ?
 

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I would think normal wetsuit repair glue. I buy the cheapest per ml available as price and volume varies significantly, I think my current tubes are by dive company Spetton and I was pleasantly surprised how well it works. Strong, black, flexible and elastic. I think Picasso sell something similar, possibly called something like Black Witch.

Note: you can get glue that is made of neoprene. We never did work out if this is the same thing.
 

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Thanks Mr X , think I’ve got black witch for my dry suit . Was hoping it would be a simple answer .
 

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Hi guys , what’s the best glue for sticking a chest pad onto a wetsuit ?
I second the recommendation for wetsuit repair glue. A common brand here is AquaSeal. I believe it is a urethane glue and should stick to the woven nylon fabric covering that most wetsuits have. It is a tenacious glue. It is claimed as flexible, but in my experience it can be hard if used to fill voids or in excess. A thin layer under a pad shouldn't be noticeable. A quality rubber cement, such as Bostik or the 2-part glues for hypalon boat repair, would also work well, though I don't know how they would handle the nylon skin. You might have to remove that from the glued areas.
 

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Indeed just recently used wetsuit glue for the exact same purpose and it works fine.
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Aquaseal is too hard. Use wetsuit repair glue, which basically is chloroprene contact cement with black dye.
 

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Aquaseal is too hard. Use wetsuit repair glue, which basically is chloroprene contact cement with black dye.

My mistake. Wetsuit repair glue is what I used.

You mention that it is dyed black. I wonder if you could make a good permanent wetsuit dye by including this repair glue into a mixture of the appropriate coloring agent and a thinner?
 

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Maybe. However, I've used acrylic paint before and it holds for some months of use.
 

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I would love to know what type of paint wetsuit manufacturers use on smooth skin suits. I know of a Greek diving store that sells it in small quantities but i rather make out myself of i would just know what it’s made off....

Someone one this forum must know I would guess.
 
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