Rubber boots have been all the rage for about a year now. Fortunately, rubber boots are not susceptible to many problems your average pair of leather or cloth footwear faces. But if your rubber boots do crack, leak air from the sole, or otherwise require attention from a boot technician, don’t panic! The problem is fixable, and these five steps will have you ready for anything mother nature throws at you.
If your boots are old, they may have begun to crack because the outer part of the boot is no longer flexible. If you want to prevent cracks from forming in this area, you should heat the rubber. To do this, warm up your work area and take out all other materials. Put on some rubber gloves and use a blow dryer to heat your boots. If your boots are too big to fit in the dryer, you can heat them by putting them inside a thick towel and then heating the towel with the blow dryer. While some people are wary of this method, others swear by it.
After heating, spray some silicone lubricant into the cracks. The silicone will prevent future cracking by making it harder for moisture to seep into the cracks. Silicone can be used on leather boots, too. It won’t last forever, so you must occasionally reapply the lubricant even while the boots are still wet.
Put on some new gloves and grab boot protectors to protect your hands from damage when handling the old and fragile rubber boot. Then, use an old pair of pliers to remove any loose straps and buckles that may be digging into your skin while you work on the cracks.
4. Gently Scrape
After these steps, you should gently scrape out the old rubber and glue it with a fingernail or something else that won’t damage the boots. You also may need to smooth out rough edges with a razor blade or other sharp object. If you’re fortunate, here and there, you’ll find strong glue joints that don’t need to be scraped out.
Once the scraping is over, you can use a glue-like adhesive to reattach the rubber to the boot altogether. This process needs to be done in a well-ventilated area and is best left for a professional. After attaching the new rubber, you will need to use a durable thread in stitching it back on using a sturdy needle. It would help if you also replaced any old buckles or straps that have been damaged by their age or your work in this process.
You can find all of these materials at any hardware store or online, and the only tools you will need are something to scrape with and something to glue with. By following these steps, you’ll be able to make your boots last for years to come. However, if your boots are very damaged, it might be best for them to be professionally repaired by a boot repair company.
By following these steps, you’ll be able to make your boots last for years to come. You can find all of these materials at any hardware store or online, and the only tools you will need are something to scrape with and something to glue with. However, if your boots are very damaged, it might be best for them to be professionally repaired by a boot repair company. With proper care, your boots should last for years to come.