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SP Jet fin foot pocket repair

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by MRadke, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. MRadke

    MRadke Solo Diver

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    The foot pocket on my old set of jets is starting to tear at the top of the arch. Has anyone ever successfully repaired a foot pocket? If so, what did you use? I have a shoe repair department and aqua seal at my disposal but I thought I would ask before I try to reinvent the wheel.

    These are made in USA pre-lightning bolt Jets and I am unsure of their age.
     
  2. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

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    no way you are going to fix that. Duct tape would probably secure the footpocket for several dives, but those fins are what 25- 30 yr old? Like car tires,,, they have a finite useful life.
     
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  3. Jarek Andrzejewski

    Jarek Andrzejewski Garibaldi

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    You can try to glue patch of rubber around.
    Local dive shop repaired my pair of footpocket jets this way.

    I took few photos: album
     
  4. Colliam7

    Colliam7 Tech Instructor Staff Member

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    And the good news - there are more than a few pair of used Jets available on eBay.
     
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  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

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    Here's an article by Edwin Thomas I found online:

    How to Repair Rubber Dive Fins
    The majority of dive fins on the market today are mostly plastic, but all fins have rubber parts and some high-end fins are still made using all-rubber construction. Rubber fins are more flexible than their plastic counterparts, but they are also less durable and more prone to tearing and other forms of damage. To get the most out of your rubber fins, a little knowledge of how to patch up tears and holes in the rubber is necessary.

    Instructions

    Difficulty: Easy

    Tears and Splits
    Things You’ll Need:
    • Pocket knife
    • Waterproof glue
    • Duct tape
    • Sandpaper
    • Tape measure or ruler
    • Bicycle inner tube
    Step 1
    Cut away any loose or hanging bits of rubber with a pocket knife. Prepare the tear or split in the fin by scratching the surface of the rubber on both sides with your pocket knife. Do not gouge the rubber, but make sure it has a rough surface, as it's better for the application of adhesives.
    Step 2. Apply a bead of waterproof adhesive to one side of the split or tear in the fin, and then force the two sides together. Wetsuit glue is a suitable choice, since it is commonly found in dive shops, but another waterproof glue will do in a pinch.
    Step 3
    Lay down a strip of tape down the top and bottom of the split. This both helps to hold the tear together and helps create a better finish when the repair is done. Allow the adhesive to dry for six to eight hours, then carefully pull up the duct tape.

    Holes

    Step 1
    Shape the hole in the rubber fin by sanding it into a bowl-like shape with medium-grit sandpaper. This inevitably widens one end of the hole, but that is necessary for the repair. Sanding also roughens the surface for a good adhesive bond.
    Step 2
    Measure the top and bottom of the bowl-like hole you widened in your rubber fin with a tape measure or ruler.
    Step 3
    Cut out pieces from an old bicycle inner tube, making the first piece the same size as the wide end of the hole in your rubber dive fin. Then cut successive pieces of rubber, each one smaller than the one before, and stack these pieces up. When you have a stack as thick as your fin, stop cutting.
    Step 4
    Glue the inner tube pieces together using a waterproof glue, one stacked on top of another--from smallest to largest--so they form a conical plug.
    Step 5
    Apply a dab of waterproof glue into the hole in your rubber fin, and push the plug you made in Step 4 into the hole. Allow the waterproof glue to dry for six to eight hours before you attempt to use the fin.

    How to Repair Rubber Dive Fins | Trails.com
     
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  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    I've just used duct tape for a quick fix and aqua seal to hold it for a few weeks until I could find a cheap second hand replacement set. Don't toss the fin that is still ok, as you can use it if you tear or loose a fin in the future.


    Bob
     
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  7. MRadke

    MRadke Solo Diver

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    I'll probably have a go at repairing it, since I have the materials to do so on hand. I'll also keep my eyes open for another set.

    These don't owe me anything. I bought them on a rummage sail for 5 dollars and have about a hundred drift dives on them. I bought a new set of rubber straps for them, so I still have less then 20 bucks in them.

    Thanks to all for the replies.
     
  8. MRadke

    MRadke Solo Diver

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  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    Cool! I might have aquasealed a tire patch on the inside too.
     
  10. MRadke

    MRadke Solo Diver

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    That's a good idea! I may still do that before I use them.
     

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