I want to replace the neck gasket on my Stohlquist drysuit. About 2 yrs ago I patched a slit near the base of the gasket, using a bike patch and rubber cement. It is holding well. However, the top of the gasket (where it gets stretched the most) is getting that dried-out look with hairline cracks on the outside.
I bought a Kokatat gasket. It is a MUCH thinner rubber, but I’m not concerned about that. The thing I am wondering about is the replacement method. Supposedly you cut the old gasket off only partway, leaving at least an inch in place. You then glue the new gasket to the leftover ring.
This gives rise to two questions:
- The bike patch is right near the bottom. I was hoping to cut the whole gasket off to eliminate that area but it doesn’t look like it’s possible. Do I really have to leave the bottom of the old gasket in place? Is there an alternate method?
- What happens the next time I have to replace the gasket? Won’t the additional layers of new gaskets glued to remnants make a thick, stiff, uncomfortable collar? The whole procedure sounds incredibly klugey to me.
Any advice from people who’ve replaced neck gaskets is GREATLY appreciated. I’m not looking forward to this at all.