How to Repair Rubber Boots

Written by tracy morris
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Rubber boots are a boon to farmers, gardeners, fishermen and anyone who has to work outdoors. The thick, rubber surfaces of the boots protect feet from muck and weather conditions. But when a boot becomes cracked or develops holes, wearing them can be almost as bad as going barefoot. Although replacing a pair of rubber boots is preferable, you can temporarily patch them. Patching rubber boots can be similar to patching a leaking air bed, pond or pool.

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Things you need

  • Silicone glue
  • Sand paper
  • PVC patching kit

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    Examine your boots thoroughly. If your boots are two-part boots with stitching, such as duck boots, it may be possible to have them repaired by a shoe repairman and then waterproofed. Locate all holes and tears.

  2. 2

    Roughen the edges of any small holes with sandpaper.

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    Wash and dry the boots thoroughly.

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    Fill small holes with silicone glue.

  5. 5

    Wait 48 hours for glue to cure and dry before using.

  1. 1

    Cover large holes with a PVC patch by washing the area around the hole with water.

  2. 2

    Allow the boots to dry.

  3. 3

    Roughen the area around the holes with sandpaper.

  4. 4

    Coat the surface of the boot around the hole, and the surface of the patch with silicone glue.

  5. 5

    Allow glue to become tacky. Then press both glued surfaces together.

  6. 6

    Smooth out any bubbles and wrinkles. Allow glue to dry and cure up to 48 hours before using boots.

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