Repair Shoes, Boots, Skates

Repair Shoes, Boots, Skates

Repair all of your Household Boots, Shoes, Skates, Etc.

You are about to go out for dinner and your favourite heels, well, lost a heel.  

Your son is flapping with half the sole of his sneakers hanging loose.  Or the skateboarder with holes big enough for his foot to fall through.  

Your husband’s work boots certainly have a few months left but the rubber sole has separated from the leather part of the boot.

In a household of any size you are eventually going to need some shoe or boot repair, especially if you have children.  And with children and teens you may want to do some fixing on their ice skates, or roller blades. 

There are thousands of DYI products for repairing runners(sneakers) out there but I’ll try and show you how you can do most of your home repairs with just one product.  

Re-glue rubber tip or part of a sole on a pair of sneakers(rubber to rubber):

  1. Ensure both rubber surfaces are dry.
  2. Clean the surfaces thoroughly.  One of the biggest barriers to Mister Glue is other, old glue.  Use a degreaser and lightly sand if necessary. *
  3. Apply a small amount of Mister Glue to one side only along the edge so that it runs inward.  The more surface area covered the better.    
  4. Press both firmly together.
  5. If some glue squeezes out, you can leave until it sets up a bit and scrape off.  If you wipe it will likely smear.
  6. Set time is a few seconds so the shoes can be worn right away.  Full cure time is a few hours.**

(Note: Tennis shoes: same applies.  And Mister Glue dries clear so you can keep those very white tennis shoes stay white!)

Reattach broken heel off pumps or high heeled shoes(leather to wood):

  1. Ensure that both surfaces are clean and dry.
  2. Work the two surfaces together to make sure there is enough surface area and that they match up evenly.
  3. If either the wood or leather is particularly dried out, apply a small amount of Accelerator(Primer) to the most porous side.
  4. Wait about 20-30 seconds.
  5. Apply a line of Mister Glue around the edge of the other side.  Criss cross the surface lightly.
  6. Press the two surfaces very firmly together for about10-20 seconds.
  7. Usually, just give the bond a few minutes to cure and you should be fine.  Go party.

Fix a pair of fabric to rubber house shoes:

(Note: normally, I would not suggest using Mister Glue to bond fabric.  But people just won’t listen and they go ahead and glue fabric to other things very successfully.)

  1. As in other applications, clean surfaces of other glue, dirt and grease.
  2. Apply Mister Glue to the non fabric surface.  (If you apply to the fabric it will likely soak in too quickly and too far to be of any use.)
  3. Press the two surfaces together for 10-20 seconds and 
  4. Add a few drops as necessary where the two surfaces have not closed up completely.

As I mentioned, Mister Glue was not necessarily made for fabric but if done correctly it seems to work.  I had another customer glue 'hair' back to a vinyl mask - a Halloween thing - told me it did a great job. But always apply the glue to the non fabric side, then put the two together!

You can see next a video that a Mister Glue customer sent in showing this application:

(Note: the one thing this customer should have used instead of the napkin is a piece of cardboard underneath instead of the napkin.  The glue could too easily leak through the napkin but not the cardboard.)

Repair that gaping hole in the skateboarder’s shoes:

(Many will use Shoe Goo for this.  Using a piece of closed cell neoprene. This is denser than the foamy stuff. You can often get scraps from a dive shop.  If you have an avid skateboarder in your house, you may want to keep a little bit around for quick repairs.)

  1. Clean off any loose bits of cloth or rubber.
  2. Degrease both surfaces.
  3. Use some Mister Glue’s Uncure or something to get rid of any old glue.  
  4. If the Uncure or whatever you use doesn’t completely do the trick, use some light sandpaper to clean up the rest of the surface.  
  5. Using a very sharp knife or Exacto blade to cut a proper size piece of neoprene.  If you can, cut the edges on an angle so that the edge tapers to the surface you are gluing to.  Make sure that it overlaps an inch or so.  
  6. Apply Mister Glue to the neoprene.  
  7. Press the neoprene piece to the shoe covering the hole.  You are likely going to put your other hand inside to press the two surfaces together for 10-20 seconds. Pay particular attention to squeezing the edges together. You can add a drop or to here or there if you did not put enough to squeeze to the edges. Be a little careful here as you likely don’t want to be permanently glued to the inside or outside of the skate board shoe you are repairing.  
  8. An alternate fix here would be to use a thin piece of neoprene on the inside and another on the outside.  

(Note: the neoprene is flexible and gives some cushion.  Mister Glue dries flexible.)

Repair your husband’s work boots: 

(Note: if the leather has become very dried out and split, there is likely no fixing.  But if there is enough surface area between sole and the upper part of the shoe, there should be no problem getting a good fix.)

  1. Toughest thing on these is cleaning the surfaces.  You may have to scrub a bit.  Get the dirt off with some soap and water and if necessary some degreaser.
  2. If the leather has become very dried out use Mister Glue’s Accelerator(Primer) on one side.  Apply so that it soaks in to the area being glued.
  3. Apply Mister Glue to the other side.
  4. Press the two sides firmly together.  If very dry, you may need to put a few drops along the edge when the two surfaces are squeezed together.  It will wick in nicely.  
  5. Sometimes the leather over the steel toe on workbooks gets worn through to the metal and creates a spot where water can leak in.  Not a permanent solution but a piece of shaped rubber would likely do a better job than leather.  
  6. Shape the piece of rubber and make sure that it overlaps the hole. This, hopefully, will give you a few more weeks of waterproof wear out of the boots.

*If the previous glue is a super glue type glue(cyanoacrylate), you can use Mister Glue's Uncure. Other solvents will work but some stronger ones will damage certain surfaces, so check any instructions before application.

** Full cure time for Mister Glue is several hours.  Set time is measured in seconds.  I have taken two pieces of PVC pipe and glued them end to end with Mister Glue and within 30 minutes smashed it with a hammer.  Broke somewhere else than where I attached.

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Testimonial – Ceramic

Testimonial – Ceramic

Repairing Ceramic with Mister Glue - Testimonial

Here is a recent testimonial sent in from a customer using Mister Glue:

"If you're anything like me, you're prone to a mistake or two every now and then. However, there's nothing better than that feeling when you mess up and you you have a real solution to fixing the problem before it gets any worse.

I had a very close friend who is well travelled and always bringing trinkets back from her trips. Some valuable, some just sentimental. But at the time I was living with her and she had this things all over the house and one day I was carefully moving a shelf with another roommate to rearrange the living room a little bit. Unfortunately, neither of us realized that there was a ceramic sheet with a painting on it that she had recently brought back from Egypt leaning on said shelf. The second we started to move it I noticed and watched it fall in slow motion.

*Crash*

The painting broke in half and a couple small pieces flung across the floor. My heart dropped a little bit and I had a feeling my roommate wouldn’t be ecstatic that her souvenir had broken so soon after she had gotten it. Especially since I broke it.

She wasn’t home at the time, so I put it to the side and went to work hoping to be able to fix it or make it up to her somehow. I went on with my day nearly forgetting about it. But then I remembered I had this little bottle of Mister Glue sitting in my freezer that I haven’t had much use for. But I got home, pulled it out and it hadn’t dried up in the bottle and was as good as new.

She walked into the kitchen holding her broken Egyptian painting with a frown and asked me if I knew what happened to it. I smiled, took the pieces from her, glued it back together and handed it back to her 20 seconds later and said. “I Broke it” and smiled. The crack wasn’t noticeable unless you held it right up to your face, it was as solid as ever after 20 seconds of gluing it back together.

She wanted to be mad for a second, but then looked down at it and realized she couldn’t tell it had ever broken, smiled and thanked me.

I was so happy to have been to fix my mistake. I know that this may seem a little silly “Oh cool, this guy found out about glue. That’s what it’s there for.” But I’ve never had a glue work that well. It always gets everywhere and have the time it doesn’t hold together whatever your trying to fix for very long. Also, half the time you go to use the stuff, you bought it a year ago and it’s dried up in the bottle and unusable. I’ve had this bottle of Mister Glue now for a couple of years and it’s been usable any time I’ve needed it since then."  Vic M., Portland, OR 

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Household Fixes

Household Fixes

All The Things That You Can Fix in Your Household

If you have children then you will need glue.  Not everything can be repaired but around the home, with children, the things that can need fixing can be endless.  Even without some way to repair all the things that just wear out or break, with children, it can sometimes be a little mind numbing.  

Sometimes, when a favourite toy breaks(or gets broken) there is no consolation in a new one.  And this may not be a habit that you want to install in your child, ‘It broke, Daddy, buy me a new one, right now!”  And some things in life just can’t be fixed, we all have to learn that one as well.

The last thing you want to do is constantly tell your children ‘don’t touch’ or ‘stop’.  And it is pretty much impossible to make your home 100% ‘child proof’.

The Helpful Child!Broken ceramic plate

Your 4-5 year old daughter wants to help by filling your favourite coffee mug(that you have had for 20 years) with something to drink but it comes to you minus the handle.  Getting angry at your child or getting in a funk won’t put the handle back on but Mister Glue will.  

Why Don’t I Hear the Children Playing??

You are visiting your sister and things are very quiet for far too long so you go looking for your toddler.  You find her in the bedroom with jewelry all over her and the floor.  No idea how a five year old could have gotten into the locked cabinet!  Hire her out to a security firm.  The tangled jewelry can be untangled.  The earring backs and stones that have been removed can be mended with Mister Glue.

Encouraging the Young Artist

The weekend spent with your 12 year old nephew teaching him wood carving. I’ve never met a kid that age that would listen when told to work on something simple first then go to more complicated.  Come to think of it, that goes for most boys just about any age. Including me!  

So, your nephew decides that he loves horses so he should carve out the legs and tail as on his favourite Arabian from the movie The Black Stallion.  (Every 12 year old should watch this movie!) 

You patiently work with him over several days or a couple of weekends. And he is getting there, doing quite well.  But he is not satisfied with one of the legs and carves it too close.  Now you are stuck with a three legged horse!  Or are you?  Take some sawdust the same colour as the wood carving and sprinkle it on in such a way to hold the two pieces together add a drop or two of Mister Glue and you can re-attach the broken leg.  You may have to do a couple of layers and/or turn it over and work the other side but with some gentle sanding afterwards, all should be good again.  You could even use this technique to add a tiny extra length to the short leg to give balance.  Disaster averted!

Gardening Tools in the Pool 

The little ones are playing in the backyard play pool.  You are keeping an eye and even though you have supplied soft toys so no holes get poked in the blown up air section or the bottom.  Somehow one of

a super glue for nylon

Here is the tear

mister glue for nylon and vinyl

A patch for each side

the kids illegally imports a sharp gardening tool. Voila, you have a bunch of panicky kids as the air and water pour out of the pool.  Don’t fret.  Get your bottle of Mister Glue and any two pieces of vinyl

patching material.  Dry off the surfaces and patch both sides of the hole(or holes).  Hold tightly for about 20 seconds for the bond to be sure and then give it a few minutes before refilling. I’m sure if someone uses the hose as a spray this will keep the kids quite well occupied for the few minutes it will take to find the glue and do the repair.

Don’t Sit on That Chair!

A loose spindle or leg on a kitchen chair when company is coming doesn’t need to be an unfixable emergency.  This one can be a pretty glue for a wobbly chairquick fix without having to dismantle the chair.  If the leg or spindle is loose but still a tight fit, just turn it in such a way the the glue is drawn in by gravity.  Add a couple of drops of Mister Glue.  It will wick in and within a few seconds the chair should be solid again.  

If there is a bit of a gap you will have to use a filler with Mister Glue as on its own it will not do the job. If there is very little space, use some baking soda as a filler.  If there is enough room, use some sawdust.Tap in whatever you are using until packed fairly tight.  Then add a few drops of Mister Glue.  It will go hard very quickly.  No more loose chair legs.  

Everything is Made of Plastic

Cheap Cheap.  Toys would often be way too expensive if they were made of metal or wood.  Plastic toys are cheap but often difficult to repair.  Mister Glue will repair most and with the more difficult ones, you can add in the Accelerator.  Please check the directions on how to use both together.

Refrigerators can be packed enough without loosing a shelf to a crack or break.  Often tough to find replacements.  Use Mister Glue with a filler to permanently repair.  There are instructions on this elsewhere on this website.

All kinds of other plastics in the kitchen, the weather stripping of the refrigerator or microwave, the plastic handle of the microwave, plastic fixtures… and we haven’t even touch upon PVC!!

instant glue for pvc pipeAll your plastic plumbing pipe(PVC) can be easily and instantly repaired with Mister Glue.  You can glue two pieces end to end and they will not come apart for anything.  To test this I have glued two pieces of white PVC pipe together and let them set for a couple of hours.  Tight fit remember.  Then taken a hammer and smashed it - every time I did this it would break somewhere else than where is was repair.  We have used fillers on a hole in a pipe and added a few drops of Mister Glue and it stayed sealed even when the pressure of the water was coming through.  

There are some things that you might not want to repair around the house as they will look repaired and there is often nothing much you can do about that.  But if you need something fixed around your household, don't hesitate to try Mister Glue first.  

Have fun!!

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Fillers for Household Items

Fillers for Household Items

Mister Glue, Fillers and Household Repairs

One of the wonderful things about Mister Glue is its simplicity of use.  Epoxies on the other hand can be a pain to use.  They can be very messy.  A small drop of Mister Glue applied to a loose piece of household furniture will fix it in a jiffy.   

a superglue for lose furnitureBut if you are trying to fix that old rocking chair with the loose spindle, stretcher or leg and there is a gap, you will be tempted to take it apart, make a mess in the house by getting epoxy all over the place and trying to fix parts that really don’t need fixing.  Epoxy will fill the gaps but you can end up doing a lot more work than necessary.

That’s where Mister Glue can be used with a filler.  You don’t have to remove the loose spindles even if there is a small gap.  

Various sorts of materials can be used as fillers with Mister Glue.  Sawdust with wood gaps; sawdust fillerbaking soda with a hole or crack in for the PVC pipe under the sink in the house or RV.  

Mister Glue will work with almost any material: sawdust, course or fine, baking soda or even coffee.  I’ve used coffee to get a good colour match.  I’ve not tried them, but I imagine that you could use powdered paints to get a perfect match on that cracked vase in the living room.  

As I have mentioned, Mister Glue is an amazingly fast and strong glue.  But you need the pieces to fit closely together.  Again, the better the fit the better the bond.

Occasionally, something like epoxy will be better as you have more working time.  Mister Glue is very fast.  I always suggest that one practice putting the pieces together before applying the glue.  The less sliding around you have to do, again, the better the bond.  But, what do you do if you are left with a gap or holes after you have bonded the pieces of your project together? This can happen because small chips have gone missing or with some plastics, bending is inevitable.

One you have put your project together, you can use the baking powder or sawdust or whatever else you choose, to fill the gap. Place the powder or baking soda into the space that needs filling.  Add several drops of Mister Glue.  Enough so that it soaks all the way in.  It will go quite hard in one or two seconds.  If the space that you are filling is a bit larger or deeper, like a screw hole that you are rebuilding, then you may need to build it up gradually.  Once properly set, you will be able to scrape or sand smooth.  It will not stain, in the case of sawdust with wood repair, but you can paint over it.

If you are concerned about colour, you may want to take a piece of wood or something put some of the powdered material that you are using and put a few pinches of it on that surface.  A quarter or half a teaspoon would be plenty.  And a few drops of glue.  You should really start with one drop to get the idea of how deeply it will or won’t go.  See how quick it is and if, for this material that you are using for a filler, does it alter the colour in any way?  It many lighten up a little when dry but not always.

refrigerator shelfFor plastics, we used baking soda.  This was a shelf in a refrigerator that was broken when we moved into our new house.  Being difficult to replace and rather expensive when I did find it, I decided to try to repair with Mister Glue.  I also was very interested in how this would work.  There were several spots missing(holes) once the crack was glued back together.  I didn't want all of my home made condiments(the mango chutney is great!) falling on the floor at some inopportune moment, so I added some baking soda and glue for a little extra insurance.

In this particular case I was a lot less concerned about how it looked than how it held.  For both the survival of my jams and chutneys and so I could show y’all how the fillers work with the glue!  The spot where the shelf is cannot be seen anyway, unless you get down on the floor and look up at it.

As of this writing, the shelf has been functioning quite well(and believe me, I am not careful with it - it takes a beating!) for about 3 months or so.  I do check it now and again and there is no deterioration at all in the glued joint.

Household Solutions: Experimenting

If you are in the shop or have a workspace in the house and want to experiment, take some various coloured powders from around the household or shop and put a few pinches on a piece of wood or plastic.  Add a drop or two of Mister Glue(or enough so that it soaks the entire bit of powder) and see how the colour comes up and how it sets. If you start with one drop, you will see how deep into the powder it goes.  It will harden up pretty fast, so then try a couple of drops with the same volume of powder to see that it will go deeper.  This will help in judging how much powder and glue to use when you are fixing that wobbly rocking chair.

To get a nice match on materials, we have taken a piece of what we are trying to repair, ground it up and used that for a filler to get a better match on colour and sometimes more importantly, texture.  We have used this technique for plastics and granite for example.

I always suggest that you experiment first before you finalize.  Make sure that the filler that you have created will set properly and colour and texture are what you want.

The applications you can use for fixing stuff around the household are endless.

And don’t forget crafts!!  There again uses are endless!

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Rear view mirror fix

A few years ago, my dad’s rear view mirror fell off. The glue that held it to the glass just disintegrated over time.

I went to the store and picked up a glue pack that was specifically for rear view mirrors – so it was advertised. I cleaned both the back of the mirror holder and the area on the glass where it goes. I then mixed the glue and spread it on the surface of the mirror holder. I put the mirror in place on the glass and held it there for about 20 minutes. My arm was very tired. I tentatively let go, and within 2 seconds, the mirror dropped. I told my dad this and he said, “Just use my glue,” and gave me a small bottle of Mister Glue. He told me to apply two drops and hold it for 5 seconds. No way it would work  that fast/well, I thought. So, I held it for 15 seconds. I cautiously let go. It held. I then grabbed the mirror side and swiveled it up and down. The base held! This stuff is definitely good for so many things. Everyone should have a bottle in their house.

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