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Topic: Flexible Boot Friendly Sealant  (Read 1023 times)
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« on: February 19, 2012 10:32:05 PM »

So I (re)painted my rainboots and would like to find some super flexible sealant to coat it in before I spray it with that water resistant boot stuff. I found something called PlastiDip that come in a clear sprayable form. Does anyone know if that would work out? I'd like to find something that'd actually hold up to beings used all the time, it rains a lot here.
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012 04:31:00 PM »

Yes, I've used PlastiDip before, both in the brush-on (dip) and in the spray. And, in fact, I've used it on boots. It works, but only if it has a good surface to bond to. This is the stuff made for dipping tool handles into, and it works best if it's a real thick coating. I've used it to waterproof boots that I made. The surface has to be totally clean, and it's much better if it's rough, like with sandpaper, as it gives the sealant something to bond to. It forms another complete layer, in effect, but beware, it will pull apart from the rest of the boot in time, especially places where it flexes a lot. When you spray the clear on, it won't be totally clear, either. It's sort of a frosty color, since it doesn't get very shiny, at least not the spray. The dip stuff does. I take it that these are rubber boots you are spraying. Depending on the height of your boots, it may take a couple of cans. The ones I did (yellow) looked pretty good and lasted maybe two years before the separation of the PlastiDip from the rest of the boot started occurring. But that wasn't in heavy wear. If it rains a lot, good luck. Let me know how the experiment worked.

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