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Old 12-28-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Default ever repair a boot toe?

I have a pair of good red wing steel toed boots I ware to work, on one boot the leather is torn the boots are still good and don't want to shell out the money for new ones now..so has anybody ever repaired boots and if so how?
I am thinking of using underbody coating on the toes to make a rubber toe on them. I know you can buy a coating to go on them but the underbody coating is a lot cheeper. any thaughts ????????
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:27 PM   #2
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Is it damaged? Or does it look like this. If it looks like this leave it it is a badge of honor!

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Old 12-28-2011, 09:28 PM   #3
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We have red wing toe caps at work that glue on the boot. They work pretty well.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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The urethane adhesive for installing car windshields works great, hit up a glass shop for the end of a tube, you only need a little, I tore a hole in one of my boots 2 years ago, spread a little urethane in the hole, feathered it in with a spreader and some acrysol, still going strong.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #5
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You could try brushing them with Plasti-dip
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #6
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We have red wing toe caps at work that glue on the boot. They work pretty well.
I use these on all of my boots. I apply them as soon as I get them. I have also repaired boots on the toes and the sides from wear of working while sitting on concrete floors. I use Leather from Air Bag covers in cars I have worked on. Make a pattern and cut the Leather till it fits like a glove. I use Windshield Urethane as the adhesive. Works great
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:38 PM   #7
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I used to repair them almost weekly...with several layers of duct tape.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:05 PM   #8
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My fire boots always look like that after crawling around in them beneath the smoke. We used to put Duct tape over the tow area, buy toe caps from the boot manufacturer, or drop them by the shoe maker.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:02 PM   #9
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We have red wing toe caps at work that glue on the boot. They work pretty well.
The glue on toe caps only last me 3-4 months before they start to fall off or wear through. I switched to using Tuff Toe coating on my boots, and it holds up a lot longer than the toe caps. You can also use it to recover a toe that has been worn through to the steel toe.

http://www.tufftoeworkboots.com/

It dries shiny if you leave it alone for 20 minutes, but you can do more of a "matte" finish by waiting 8-10 minutes after it's applied and rubbing it with your hands.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:18 AM   #10
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I use shoe goo...best damn thing for this. I have worn steel toe boots at work the last 16 years.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:22 AM   #11
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The glue on toe caps only last me 3-4 months before they start to fall off or wear through. I switched to using Tuff Toe coating on my boots, and it holds up a lot longer than the toe caps. You can also use it to recover a toe that has been worn through to the steel toe.

http://www.tufftoeworkboots.com/

It dries shiny if you leave it alone for 20 minutes, but you can do more of a "matte" finish by waiting 8-10 minutes after it's applied and rubbing it with your hands.
I also go through several caps per year. Thanks for the link i am going to order some today.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:39 AM   #12
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Has anyone seen that Mythbusters episode with the truck bed liner?
Seems like that would be ideal. Just tape off your boots, and find a place that applies it. Get a one second spray, and hand the man a few bucks.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:34 AM   #13
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I have the Tuff Toe stuff on my Red Wings and it works great!!
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:01 PM   #14
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just send them out to redwing or a good cobbler to be rebuilt/ new toe leather put in
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:51 PM   #15
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BHH mine dont look that bad yet, that's why I want to fix them before they do.
there are no boot shops left around here.and I had also thaught of the bed liner.
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