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SG-20, The Closest Thing to Liquid Gold

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Date: 10/17/13
Manufacturer: Vettec
Category: Hunting Accessories

 

Total Score: 10 Excellent

Introduction: SG-20 is manufactured by Vettec, a family owned company located in Southern California that has been making products for over 60 years. Although they have been making adhesives for many years, it has only recently become available specifically for outdoor gear repair needs. Vettec was kind enough to send us a sample of their product to test out and show our readers what it is capable of. We have all had a pair of waders get a hole, rip, or puncture and there are products on the market to repair such issues but with SG-20 you can have the hole fixed and be back in the field within an hour.

SG-20 Adhesive Sealant Specifications

Model SG-20
Material Dual component polyurethane
Features Sets in 1 minute, cures in 1 hour
MSRP $19.99
fresh out of the box, 3 tips, plunger, dual component polyurethane adhesive,

Out of the box, 3 mix tips, plunger, dual component polyurethane adhesive and contouring plastic.

Impressions: The product comes in a very nice box with everything you would need to make a repair to your waders, whether in the field or at your house. The adhesive comes in a dual tube container that is fitted with a mix tip and plunger. This is much nicer than some other adhesive sealants on the market that come in a cheap metal squeeze tube. It’s obvious just in the packaging that Vettec is very proud to offer this product to the public. If you go to their website you will find countless videos and pictures on how to use SG-20 and just what it can really do.

The first step is to cut the tip off of the injection tube

The first step is to cut the tip off of the injection tube

Field Test: We were happy to give this stuff a test run because we had a couple of waders that were in need of repair. The first thing we did was prepare the SG-20 for application. After reading the instructions and watching a couple of videos they have posted, it was a breeze to set this up. The first thing you do is cut the tip off of the injection tube, then install the plunger and equalize the cartridge to make sure both are flowing at the same rate. once this is done you can install the mix tip.

Equalize the cartridge and install the mix tip

Equalize the cartridge and install the mix tip

The next step is to prepare the area or areas that need repair. We had a split in the boot of a pair of waders so, we ruffed it up and cleaned it with a wire brush and then applied a liberal amount of SG-20 to the area. Before the sealant had a chance to set we laid the contouring plastic over top of it to help smooth it out and give it a lower profile. Vettec is not lying when they say this stuff sets up fast so figure out exactly where you want it before you start.

The process of applying SG-20 to a split in a wader boot.

The process of applying SG-20 to a split in a wader boot.

We let it set for about 10 minutes, than peeled away the contour plastic. The end result was a patch that was solid as it could be and was contoured to the shape of the boot. A great feature about SG-20 is that once it has cured it remains flexible. This will help in the comfort of your repair as well as its longevity. Now that we had the boot fixed we had a seem to work on.

peeling off the contour plastic, being left with the final result

Peeling off the contour plastic, being left with the final result

To repair the leaking seam we performed basically the same process. We first replaced the mix tip with a new one and stretched out the waders so the area was ready for the application. We applied a liberal amount to the seam and let it set up and cure. The contour plastic was not used for the seam.

Seam repair was done and left alone for an hour to cure

Seam repair was done and left alone for an hour to cure

Clean up after each repair could not have been easier. Simply take off the tip and replace it with a new one. You can purchase spare mix tips separately which I would recommend. Once you have used a tip one time it is no longer any good. When you’re done making your repairs leave the last used tip on the tube. This will prevent the contents from being exposed to the air and hardening. When the time comes to use it again just take that tip off and install a fresh one.

replacement tips can be purchased separately

Replacement tips can be purchased separately

SG-20 Adhesive Sealant (?/10)

Quality

Great quality, seems to stick to anything and it fills voids to ensure good repairs around seams

10

Price

Good price for the quality of the components and the packaging

10

Performance

Does what it says it will do, seals leaks, cracks, holes etc. and remains flexible

10

Design

Great for when you need to get something repaired quick and don’t have time to wait for a 24 hour cure time

10

Total Score:

10

 

                        Positives                                                                        Negatives
Sets up fast
Strong and adheres to nearly everything
Multiple different uses, not just for waders

 

Conclusion: Our repairs worked perfectly. They sealed up the leaks and added extra life to our waders. Time will tell how long the repairs hold up, but from what we can tell they should last at least through the season. For years there have been products on the market to repair waders, boots and other outdoor gear, but SG-20 is the first that we know of to have such a fast cure time. This feature is extremely convenient and allows you more time to be in the field. The great thing about it is how versatile it is, it can be used on countless things, such as clothing, footwear, vehicle or boat repair. Anything that needs to be patched, repaired or glued down in a hurry, SG-20 is what you need. You can put it in your hunting bag your boat or you glove box. I will definitely have a couple of tubes of SG-20 with me at all times this season, to ensure I spend as much time in the field as possible. SG-20 can be purchased from Cabelas or directly from Sg-20’s website.

SG-20 sent us a pre-cut piece of neoprene to test there product out on.

SG-20 sent us a pre-cut piece of neoprene to test there product out on. “Before”

The product closed of the tear, no problem. "After"

The product closed of the tear, no problem. “After”