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Help! Broken Wetsuit Zipper (O'Neill 7MM J-TYPE)

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by j3rmzh, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. j3rmzh

    j3rmzh Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: seattle
    Well the title says it all,

    I was suiting up for a dive on Sunday when the zipper on my wetsuit broke, the zipper is separated and it is missing a tooth.

    I was hoping to get another year out of the suit while I am saving up for my drysuit.

    Is this something you can get repaired? I could find a lot about DRYsuit zipper repair but not much about wetsuit (probably not a good sign) other then one post from '05

    So can I get it repaired? If so where? Ballpark figure?

    Thanks so much in advance, you guys are great!
  2. stairman

    stairman Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: florida
    The cost for zipper repairs on a wet suit might be too much for the suits worth.However,getting an estimate couldnt hurt.A friend of mine does canvas boat tops and can sew a zipper on anything.Things are slow right now in that field with the economy.I would look up a shop in your area and talk to them about it.
  3. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: NC
    A wet suit could be repaired locally with a repalcement zipper.

    Superior Diving Repair also does a great job if you want to send it off.

    Superior Diving Repair, Inc.
  4. girlgonediving

    girlgonediving Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Miami, FL
  5. *Floater*

    *Floater* Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Here, there and everywhere
    There's a way to repair normal zippers (non-diving) which involves undoing the stitches at the bottom of the zipper and prying it out so that you can pull the zipper tab all the way off (usually it has come off from one side, but is still hanging onto the other). Then you align the zipper again and pull the zipper tab back on from the bottom, now sew/aquaseal the bottom back. If the missing tooth is close to the bottom, just sow (and glue with aquaseal) it together over there (with zipper closed), and you'll just end up with a slightly shorter zipper. If it's missing far up, then you might have a costlier problem.

    In your case, you'd have to obtain a new zipper pull tab, or take one off from an old wetsuit if you have one with similar zippers (most are the same). I'm not sure how easy it would be to undo the bottom attachment on the zipper of a wetsuit - I've only done it on a regular backpack, but it could be a cheap 1-night DIY project, or it could not. Anyway, hope you can find someone who has done this type of work for a more informed answer.

    If you decide send it in, PM or email LiquidFit on this board. They are CA based wetsuit shop that does a lot of custom wetsuit work. They installed custom relief zippers (flies) on my wetsuits for $28 a piece + shipping (maybe more now), so I'm sure they could do the type of repair you are wanting.
  6. thatguyoverthere

    thatguyoverthere Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    I have fixed zippers before.....not on a wetsuit though. Unfortunately you broke a tooth which means you will not be able to just replace the slider....you need a whole new zipper. There are a lot of people who can do this for you. I have had my suits made and repaired by Wetwear. You can go to a canvas place, but personally I would rather send it to some one who knows about wetsuits.

    Good Luck!
  7. I've used my local shoe repair shop for zipper repairs.
  8. local76sparky

    local76sparky Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: pacific northwest
    i know this is an old post but j3rmzh i was wondering how you liked this wetsuit. I am in your area and looking at buying a wetsuit. ive heard good things about this suit but they have all been from a LDS. mind sharing your thoughts?
  9. j3rmzh

    j3rmzh Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: seattle
    I love it! Used it for 2 years now and it goes great, I dive year round (nothing crazy, just AL80's) usually 35-60 minutes of bottom time between 35 - 100 FSW and its worked great for me.

    I'm planning on upgrading to a drysuit someday but for the time being it works great.
  10. SubMariner

    SubMariner C'est Moi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: A Canuck Conch

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