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Old 04-15-2012, 08:24 AM
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Default Bootfoot wader repair

Managed to get two small U-shaped cuts in the rubber portion of my hipboots. Cuts are small and smooth; underlying cloth lining is not torn or cut. THe cuts are located on the upper side of the foot part just above the molded sole but in a flat, smooth area. Will aqua seal be appropriate to fix this or should I look for other alternatives... What would you recommend? Any repair tricks around?
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Default Re: Bootfoot wader repair

Aqua seal should work fine. Be sure to overlap the edges a fair bit. no need to skimp.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:39 AM
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Default Re: Bootfoot wader repair

Aquaseal is a fine product, but pretty darned expensive. And the tube will dry out quickly unless you really clear any air out of the tube before you screw the cap back on. Keep the remainder in the freezer; doesn't hurt it at all.

That aside, given where your cuts are located a simple (and cheap) alternative is 'Shoe Goo,' same stuff you'd use to repair tennis shoes, etc. End job may not look 'pretty,' but do you care if it's water proof, flexible and 100% effective?

As noted above, don't skimp on the area to be sealed, lots of over lap is a good thing.
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Maybe rough up the area around the hole a little with some sandpaper, might make the bond better. Clean it up with alcohol before applying.
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Maybe rough up the area around the hole a little with some sandpaper, might make the bond better. Clean it up with alcohol before applying.
GOOD CALL! Forgot all about that with my post .... but 'goes to sho-ya' how long ago I did a rubber boot repair. Last set of Wellingtons I had (new ones now) had so much shogoop on them you couldn't tell where it ended and real rubber began........


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