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Boot repair adhesive comparison

repairing rubber boots with inner tube and adhesive

Anna's calf-high Bogs have been leaking for a little while now.

I cut out a small piece of inner tube and tried to seal it over the troubled area with a product called Seam Grip. It's clamped down and needs to dry over night.

It took over half the tube to do the left boot, so I used a cheaper adhesive called Welder on the right side which cost a fraction of the 18 dollar retail price of Seam Grip.

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It looks like seam-grip is a urathane based thermosetting resin.

Generally urethane based adhesives bond very well. If the formulation is flexible enough it should last a while. Using a piece of rubber to bond on is a very good idea. When bonding a so-called single strap joint is much stronger than a butt joint.

Try not to get this glue on your hands, though. Urethane adhesives usually contain isocyanates (mostly MDI). These are known irritants to the eyes and skin. Wash with lots of water and soap after skin contact.

Comment by Roland_Smith Thu Dec 20 20:18:12 2012
Hi, Mark--I never got to comment earlier, but my father and I did repair my kids' rubber boots a few times, when they were little (including Anna's). but this was in the 80s, and I think these rubber boots never really were used to wade creeks in, but more to keep out the wet from slushy snow. The patches were on the back around the heel. These boots were the kind worn over shoes.
Comment by adrianne Thu Dec 20 22:42:12 2012

Good experiment! BTW, keep the remainder of the tube of seam grip in your freezer. Not sure why that is, but I believe that's what it says on the back of the package.
Looking forward to hearing how the two adhesives compare...

Comment by Rena Fri Dec 21 02:38:20 2012
I almost cried when a nail in our raised beds ripped a hole in my xtra tuf boots. Xtra tuf boots are worth their weight in gold. Just smear gorilla wood glue in side and out and try to put the ripped part back together a little. It expands as it dries. Looks a little ugly but I've been tromping through the woods hunting, working in the garden and walking through water for 6 months.
Comment by MikeH Sat Dec 22 14:26:37 2012

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