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Created On: 12/31/2022 12:54 PM
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 12/31/2022 12:54 PM
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spindrift

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Just finished a few. Seams, tears, zippers etc
Happy New Year!

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 12/31/2022 08:56 PM
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ww

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I should get a decent repair to the collar of my much-liked Volte 3/2 backzip.
 01/01/2023 10:34 PM
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spindrift

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What do you need done? Send some pics.
Do you still have thin suits you'll scrap for neoprene? Also, the o'neill 4/3mm?

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 01/02/2023 02:57 PM
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ww

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    Outside looks good, inside, for whatever reason, I went overboard with the rubber cement. Back zip. Volte.
    I've got the O'Neill 4 mm 2xls and several 2 mms not worth keeping.
 01/03/2023 12:26 PM
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spindrift

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I can put nice soft 1 or 2mm neoprene seam patches over that ezdz. Definitely smoothe it out, that looks like a chafe monster, especially on the neck. And I'll clean and seal any other areas on suit

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 01/03/2023 12:34 PM
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FloridianSoul

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Bump! He just finished mine and it was great to not have to buy a new one!!

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 01/03/2023 08:12 PM
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ww

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That's a fine offer. I think everything else is in good shape.
 01/04/2023 07:58 AM
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WG

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PM sent

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 01/08/2023 01:42 PM
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spindrift

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Hey FS: thanks for the bump, bro'. Enjoyed meeting you, I look forward to seeing folks again in the water when I finally get my hip fixed

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 01/10/2023 07:07 AM
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SurferMic

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Can you alter a suit? I have a full that fits me in length and shoulders but the legs are made for massive thighs/knees for a fat guy I guess (2XXL), can the excess material on the leg seam be removed and re-glued?
 01/11/2023 01:36 PM
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spindrift

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Hmmm, that's a tough one. I have done it on my own suits, but if it's done wrong its a major malfunction. It would need to be blind stitched to do properly....i can ask my seamstress, but it would be expensive. What brand, model, thickness of suit?

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 01/17/2023 05:47 PM
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spindrift

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Got a couple more done, smoothed out that ugly spot for ww, nice smooth patch over both sides. And Thanks for the work and your generosity towards my neoprene materials fund sir.

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 01/23/2023 10:37 AM
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ww

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    Interior side of collar repair
    Exterior. The repair is unavoidably stiffer than the soft original but the surfaces are soft and wearable where my own crude repair wasn't. I expect them to look cleaner after a few uses and rinsings. /the bits of white stuff do not affect the feel.
    I've been out of the water with a painful scrape on one foot and a tiny ulcer on a toe. So my favorite wetsuit is back in service. It's allegedly a 3/2, but Volte suits were very lightweight, and I use it like others' 2/2. I wish they were still selling in the US. For a while, they were doing very well. One of mine was a nice sale item at Jack's in Newport Beach.


Edited: 01/23/2023 at 09:40 PM by ww
 01/23/2023 12:40 PM
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WG

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Did a nice job on my matuse, hoping for many more years of use.


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 01/23/2023 06:31 PM
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spindrift

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Thanks WG for the kind words.
And ww: of course any glued on patch will be somewhat less soft and supple than the original suit material.
I thought compared to the original repair which was like shoe leather, it was quite an improvement. I went to great lengths to make sure it would be smooth and non chafing.
I satisfaction guarantee all work I do, and will quickly and gladly refund your payment

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 01/23/2023 09:51 PM
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ww

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    spindrift, I intended my comment to be complimentary, so I've revised. I was preoccupied with getting decent photos. Wetsuits are about as photogenic as black Labrador Retrievers, and the repair was probably even worse. The discolorations caused by bits of glue show up better in the images than in life, and the slightly discolored areas are as smooth as the rest of the patch.
    It did not help that painful feet kept me sitting around the house for a week, so didn't get the suit wet. I think the CVS "clear Advanced Healing hydrocolloid bandages" helped heal what was turning into a miniature ulcer, a little crater on my toe.


Edited: 01/23/2023 at 09:57 PM by ww
 01/24/2023 11:25 AM
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TATTOO74

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Yoooo!! Think you could repair a zipper on a golf bag?? I attached the pic. It's the pocket that holds all the balls. Not a wetsuit but figured I'd ask and keep it in the 2ndL family. Text me if possible 321-544-One two zero three.

Edited: 01/24/2023 at 11:32 AM by TATTOO74
 01/24/2023 02:04 PM
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spindrift

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Thank you for the kind clarification ww, I put a lot of work making sure that was as supple and non chafing as I could. Nothing worse than a seam chewing holes in you while surfing. Sorry it's a bit ugly though.
Sorry about your foot, I got some persistent crud on my legs from doing kayak tours on the river. Look forward to more of your photos and intelligent commentaries.
Does the golf bag need a slider?

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 01/25/2023 09:18 AM
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TATTOO74

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I found a replacement, thanks for checking!
 02/10/2023 10:16 AM
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WG

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I wore mine after repair the other day.
Very nice, could be new 'cept for the waxed ass,

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