Once you have located the leak, clean the area with a mild abrasive, like 70% isopropyl alcohol. The moment they are clean and dry, paint a thin layer of Aquaseal over the pinhole leak and allow 12 hrs to fully cure.
If you have a large hole or tear that will require a backing, you will need the Aquaseal Wader Repair Kit. I would recommend the following: Start by thoroughly cleansing the outside of the waders where they are damaged. Once clean and dry apply the black fabric patch to the outside of the waders, covering the entire damaged area by at least 1/4”. Next, turn the waders inside-out. Next, clean the inside repair area with the 70% isopropyl alcohol. Once clean and dry, cover the entire hole or tear with Aquaseal and allow 12 hours to fully cure.
The Aquaseal Wader Repair Kit is also ideal for quick, in-field repairs. If I were out in the field and ripped my waders or put a hole in them, I would recommend the following: Begin by cleaning the damaged area as best you can. Once clean and dry, apply the black fabric patch to the outside of the damaged area allowing overlap of repair by at least ¼’’. This will create a dam preventing the Aquaseal from leaking through and will also hide the repair area. Next, turn the waders inside-out. Once again, clean the damaged area as best you can. Next, apply a thin layer of Aquaseal over the damaged area using the brush. Extend at least ¼’’ beyond damaged area. Next, use the clear Tenacious Patch to cover the Aquaseal. NOTE: The patch must extend at least ½’’ beyond the Aquaseal and should bond directly to the wader fabric. This should also prevent the Aquaseal from leaking through the patch and will allow you to use the waders immediately as the Aquaseal cures. Next, turn the waders back out and hit the water!
Once the Aquaseal has cured, you can either leave the patches on or remove them. It is your discretion. Either way, the cured Aquaseal will prevent any water from leaking through.