Repairing wader booties
LL bean sells a "wader repair kit" for $7. It is a small tube of aqua seal and two round adhesive patches. They are 2" round. If you follow the instructions, they are temporary and allow aquaseal to cure underneath while the self adhesive seals immediately. Would probably work on the upper portion but I applied them to be permanent. I had worn through the heel on one side and the area that goes against the ball of my ankle on the other. I was ready to return to bean but figured I would try a patch to last the season first. Here what I did.
Dry inside and out. Takes a couple days.
Flatten area on waders to be patched
Clean with alcohol
Cut the patch down about 1/4" all around to cause less issues with applying to a rounded section.
Spread aqua seal on wader and patch to get full coverage.
Apply and press out excess. Gloves are nice for that.
With a brush spread around edges to overlap patch
cover with a piece of paper so the block of wood does not stick. Plastic would probably be better as the paper sticks, but is harmless.
Cut a block of wood about 3" round
Clamp waders between round block and a table. I used a "Quick Grip " clamp but a large enough C clamp will do.
Leave it for 8 hours, turn inside out, gently, and repeat.
Have spent only 4 or 5 hours in them since, but so far so good.
I also bought some "Goop" and sealed up any of the tape they use on the seams too. It comes is larger quantities than aqua seal.
I'm sure their are better ways but thats what I did. I was surprised I was totally dry when I took them off but... time will tell.