June 18th, 2013 | By | 3,470 Comments

DIY: Wetsuit Alterations

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Have an old fullsuit that you don’t mind altering to the point of voiding the warranty? Save some scratch on a new suit, and convert your old wetty into a springer! Even if the seams are shot and holey, a few cuts gives it a new life for warm water sessions.

Warning: Cutting or altering your suit voids it from the manufacturer’s warranty

Materials:
Scissors. The sharper and longer, the better
Chalk
Ruler
Wetsuit Glue, or Rubber Cement
Piss Off Wetsuit Shampoo
24 oz Canned Beverage

Desired Length

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-Start by comparing another springsuit to reference your ideal length
-We recommend cutting above the knee and elbow to minimize rashes and resistance

Symmetry

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-Turn the suit inside out before cutting to hide any sloppy score marks
-Avoid uneven sleeve/leg lengths by vertically folding the suit in half before marking & cutting
-Using a ruler, mark your cutting path with chalk
-Err cutting on the long side, try on, then cut shorter if necessary

Cutting

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-Have another person hold the opposite ends tight for easy cutting
-Do not use razor blade or exacto knife
-If you have heavy duty scissors, cut both legs/arms with long smooth strokes

Touching Up

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-If you cut through any seams, hem with wetsuit glue or rummer cement so stitching doesn’t unravel
-Allow 24 hrs for glue to dry before taking in the water.

DIY Tall Coozie

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-Reuse the neoprene arm scraps by wrapping the narrowest sleeves around a tall boy
-Cut off excess rubber for an open ended coldie holdie with core score
-If your pee in your suit, use Piss Off suit shampoo before use

Dont want to butcher it? Shop wetsuits for any conditions at the SWELL Wetsuit Store

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