It’s a no brainer that Rubber Boots are supposed to keep your feet dry. So what do you do when your boots start to leak because of a crack or hole? Most people would throw them away and buy another pair. At anywhere between $30-$150 per pair, buying new ones can add up quickly. With a little Freesole®, and Rubber Boot Saver you can repair your rubber boots keep those feet nice and dry. Puddle jumpers rejoice!
You will need the following materials:
- Freesole Urethane Adhesive by Gear Aid™
- Scotch or painter’s Tape
- Light Grain Sand Paper
- One leaky, well-loved, and cracked rubber boot. (As you can see ours really needed some extra love, so we restored the rubber and richness with some Rubber Boot Saver™).
Step by step repair instructions for fixing a crack/hole in your rubber boot.
- Find the hole or crack where the boot is leaking, in our case this was a high-wear area where the ankle bend meets the top of the boot.
- Scrub the heck outta that thing. Especially if you wear your rubber boots to clean the barn or muck out stalls. Once you’ve given the boot a good scrub with soap and water, use a little isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to make sure it’s squeaky clean. If you want to really ensure a good bond, use some sandpaper to rough up the area.
- Use your tape to mark off the area around the crack that you will be applying Freesole to.
- Apply Freesole to the crack or hole on your rubber boot. Make sure that the crack/hole is completely covered by the adhesive and extends an area of at least ½ inch around the crack, (1 inch for a hole) to prevent it from growing. Otherwise it won’t seal completely.
- Allow the boot to dry on a flat surface. After 30 minutes, remove the tape and allow the repair to fully cure. This can take up to 24 hours.
If you have a black pair of rubber boots, or prefer a black repair Freesole is available with a black Color Sync™ option. Just add the Color Sync in a mixing cup before you apply your repair.
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Originally Published: Mar 3, 2015