Gear Care & Repair
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 Aquaseal SR and Revivex Rubber Boot Treatment, you can repair your rubber boots keep those feet nice and dry. Puddle jumpers rejoice!
You will need the following materials:
- Aquaseal SR Shoe Repair Adhesive
- Scotch or painter’s Tape
- Light grain sandpaper
- One leaky, well-loved, and cracked rubber boot. We restored our rubber and richness with some Revivex Rubber Boot Treatment.
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 Aquaseal SR onto.
- Apply Aquaseal SR 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.