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Old 09-26-2010   #1
Midwest, USA
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Latex Gasket

I've had my Kokatat dry top for 3 seasons now and have apparently streched the neck gasket to the point where some water is getting in. When I first got the top it was perfect, but now the neck gasket is way to comfortable and is letting in more water than it used to.

Is there such a thing/method to make the gasket less strechy? Would applying aquaseal on the outside of the gasket when not stretched make it any stiffer/tighter when streched around my neck?

Just looking for any ideas or if my concept is feasible. I can't afford to get a new gasket or dry top at the moment.


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Old 09-26-2010   #2
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I have repaired a blown gasket with aquaseal. If your going to try it, put a bead all the way down the gasket and fold it over. I used clothes-pins to hold it in place until it dried, then applied another layer over the top. I think it lasted 4-5 trips.

I would suggest coming up with the 25-30 bucks it costs to buy a new gasket, and replacing it yourself. You will have to replace it eventually anyway, and a good seal is important in super cold water conditions (fall and winter boating).
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