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I have two pair of Stern fishing waders which are breathable with neoprene stockings. Both are leaking at the stocking seams but the last time that my son took his off, the neoprene stocking nearly came totally off. I'm assuming that I can repair mine which are still relatively intact with Aqua Seal. Do you agree? But my main question is, do you think that I can reglue the dangling stocking with Aqua Seal and then hand stitch (with a through and through continuous suture pattern) the seam with a really strong suture and then seal the suture holes with Aqua Seal. I can probably have the skill and material availabililty but don't want to waste my time if you think it won't work. Online I saw some fly fishers who probably grew up in the 60s talk about Pliobond (apparently very aromatic and good for a good high) as being a much stronger bonder than Aqua Seal. Do you know anything about that and about its availability ? - because of its potential for abuse, it may be hard to get.

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    Previous expert did not address all my questions and my suggestions

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    SilverDragon certainly thoughtfully considers his anwers and his answer made sense.

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Hi, well that's certainly a good idea, however i doubt that it would last long term.. i feel you would simply be spending good money after bad, as it were. You see the trouble is that this is one of the most movement prone areas of the whole waders. I don't think anything short of vulcanization would effect any sort of reliable seal, for very long.
If it were me i think i would cut my losses and get myself a better quality pair of waders, as I know from experience that anything "Glues" with material simply fails after a short while, I mean one cannot even seal a water bed reliably with those products, long term.
In saying all that though, it may be worth a try, but i would try to get hold of some vulcanizing stuff to effect a repair such as this and try that, Neopreme isn't all that structurally sturdy, and i fear it would simply tear along the repair path in use?
As a though, why not coat the entire insides of it with some sort of conformal coating sealant, this would at least keep the water out.?

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Hi,if re glued, there is every possibility that it will go off and you will need to re glue and continuously like that ,If you can handle that,you can go ahead, But if you can not i guess you might need to replace it.

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