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Not what I had hoped for
on 26 September 2011
Having read the various 5 star reviews I was pretty sure I was on to a winner. I have a pair of rubber wellies that had started to develop a small stress tear which, at the time, was about 1cm long. This seemed like the perfect product to fix them.
I tracked down a supplier who charged a sensible postage fee and ordered a tube.
On the day it arrived I cleaned up the boots as per the instructions and applied the glue. It went on easily enough. I worked it into the tear and applied a layer to about 5mm of the surrounding area, again as per instructions. I then left it 24 hours to cure.
The following day I used the boots and found within a few minutes that although the glue layer had stuck well to the boot it had torn in exactly the same place as the boot underneath. Assuming I'd not applied it liberally enough or had not left it to cure long enough, I applied another layer on top of the original layer. This time I left it in a nice warm spot for about 36 hours.
Unfortunately within a few minutes of walking around in the boots exactly the same thing happened again, the underlying split in the boot had worked through splitting the layer of glue. The whole tear was now about 2cm long. So, not only had the glue not fixed the hole, it had also not stopped it getting any bigger.
On closer inspection I can see the glue is very much of a jelly like consistency (think wine gums) easily cut with a thumb nail and nowhere near as tough as the boot material
In case you're wondering, the hole is simply a result of wear and tear in cheap wellies it's not like it's rubbing against anything. So in conclusion I'd think that the glue might mend a one off tear where the material had accidently snagged against something sharp but where it's subject to normal stresses and strains it's just not up to the job.
Moral of the story; firstly, don't believe the hype and secondly don't buy cheap boots in the first place