My good ol'faithful boots (meaning they're old and need to
be thrown out but I just can't do it) blew a deep crack in
each sole. I figured what a great time to try out our new
I found that there are a
lot of things that I like
about this material:
It is mixed at a 1:1 ratio,
so I traced two equal,
poker-chip sized circles
side by side and squirted
G/flex 650 Epoxy resin in one
and Hardener in the other. This makes eyeing a 1:1 ratio
pretty darn accurate. I then blended the two together.
G/flex gives lots of working time. I bent the boot open
so I could force the epoxy into the crack. I placed the
boot on a zip-lock bag and put one weight on the toe
and another one inside to straighten it out. I allowed
the epoxy to cure overnight.
G/flex gets its name from "flexible"-not like a rubber
band but rather like a hockey puck or the rubber of my
boot's sole. A perfect match, it seems. Several weeks later
after walking on ice, in wet puddles, in the shop,and even in
the mall, the boots are as good as new or maybe even
This repair worked so well, I thought I would try it on my
husband's hiking boots, which were in need of a different
kind of repair. These boots are from L.L. Bean™ (expensive and faithful).The boot was punctured on a hiking excursion
and now leaked water. So I thought, "why not try the G/flex
on it too?"
I lightly scuffed the surface with a 3M #7447 Scotch Brite™
pad and applied the G/flex 650 to the "entrance wound." I
wetted a piece of 10 oz canvas material, for flexible reinforcement,
and then used it to cover the hole. The boots
were supported from the inside with a crunched up newspaper.
I covered the wet lay-up with a zip-lock bag and applied
pressure with a sand-filled bag. Then I allowed the
repair to cure overnight.
The next day the boots were
put to the test. The adhesion
seemed to work very well,
and the fix resulted in a waterproof
boot with the repair
area being a little stiffer than
the original surface. This additional
stiffness seems acceptable.
Use over time and
exposure to the winter elements will determine the success
of the repair.While the repair may not be the most eye appealing,
"It's what's inside that counts," and what's inside
these boots are some very dry and very happy feet.