Need to know how to rebuild the toe of a shoe? There are various shoe repair adhesives available on the market which are suitable, depending upon the type of shoe you are trying to repair. Some shoe glues are well known products that are ideal for rebuilding the toe of tennis shoes, skateboard shoes and just about any shoes you don’t want to let go of. On the other hand, there are patented urethane rubber repair systems designed to rebuild all types of footwear. Unaffected by heat or solvents, this shoe glue provides superior adhesion, wear resistance, flexibility and waterproofing. The highly concentrated formula has minimal shrinkage and repairs can be made with only one permanent application.
The step-by-step directions to be followed while rebuilding the toe of a shoe are:
Puncture the seal at the top of the tube using the pointer cap.
Put some tape over the hole on the inside (like duct tape, or packing tape), and then apply the adhesive on the outside. This will help avoid creating a bump. Make sure to take the tape off in under 2 hours, or it'll become a permanent part of the shoe!
Wait at least 24 hours and up to 48-72 hours, depending upon the material of the shoe, for the adhesive to dry completely. Sometimes, it may be required to put another layer or two to three layers till the time a protective seal is formed.
Store unused adhesive as per the instructions on the packet.
Tip: Always test a small area to ensure proper application technique and dry time. The surface of the toe area of the shoe should be clean, dry and free of dirt.
It is suggested to use an ice cube to smooth out the surface of the adhesive before it dries. The adhesive won’t stick to the ice. Also, the drying time may be shortened by placing the repaired object into a high-humidity environment. For example, an open box covered with a damp cloth, in a bathroom run the tub with hot water to increase humidity! To remove the adhesive from hands, use cloth soaked in paint thinner, nail polish remover or 99% isopropyl alcohol.
The most useful and effective tip would be to use the adhesive before the toe actually begins to wear off and takes the shape of a hole .That will go a very long way to increase the life of that special pair of shoe