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I cannot find any Barge cement in the yellow can. Looks like the EPA made them change the formula and the new stuff is crap.
I bought a pair of rubber mid soles and plan to glue the new felts to them. I will then attach aluminum bars using pop rivets thru the mid sole and felt. The bars will be drilled and counter sunk so rivets are flush an both ends. Then they will be glued to the boot.
I have made up some c clamps and steel bars to press the soles to the boots.
My 4'' grinder with 60 grit s/p and a steel wire brush was used to buff off the old felt.
I'll rough up the sole and boot with the wire brush and wipe with acetone before gluing.

My question is what glue will work best?
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Gorrilla glue!!!!!

Stuff works a treat; just FOLLOW the package instructions. GG needs 'water' as that's what activates the product so it expands into the surrounding material. Great stuff for boot wader work!:whoa:
 

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Stuff works a treat; just FOLLOW the package instructions. GG needs 'water' as that's what activates the product so it expands into the surrounding material. Great stuff for boot wader work!:whoa:
I used GG on my boots, and it worked well. FYI: There are a few types of GG...get the one that is activated by wetting the items to be glued, as Fred mentioned. Bear in mind: it expands as a tan foam as it cures, so mask any areas you don't want it on.
 

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Need to get BARGE CEMENT. Shoemakers dream adhesive. Sold at Tandy Leather and ???. Have to get the original stuff, they sell a VOC modified that is not quite as good. Orange and black can... Great stuff, last forever, waterproof.

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I cannot find any Barge cement in the yellow can. Looks like the EPA made them change the formula and the new stuff is crap.
I bought a pair of rubber mid soles and plan to glue the new felts to them. I will then attach aluminum bars using pop rivets thru the mid sole and felt. The bars will be drilled and counter sunk so rivets are flush an both ends. Then they will be glued to the boot.
I have made up some c clamps and steel bars to press the soles to the boots.
My 4'' grinder with 60 grit s/p and a steel wire brush was used to buff off the old felt.
I'll rough up the sole and boot with the wire brush and wipe with acetone before gluing.

My question is what glue will work best?
Thanks
Larry
Some formulations of formica cement are the equivalent of Barge. They have to be waterproof or counter tops all over America would be warped and popping up.

The new Barge formula with MEK is indeed crap.

Also look for the old Barge on the internet. Lots of surplus companies still selling the old formulations. Amazon for one. Search for "original Barge cement."
 

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I used GG on my boots, and it worked well. FYI: There are a few types of GG...get the one that is activated by wetting the items to be glued, as Fred mentioned. Bear in mind: it expands as a tan foam as it cures, so mask any areas you don't want it on.
If you use Gorilla Glue, spray a bit of moisture (not much) on the felt, and tape the sole in place with dang near a full roll of electrical tape or it's gonna move as the glue expands. And as mentioned... tape where you don't want the glue.

Don't leave 'em sitting on the kitchen floor....:D

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I used to glue felts on myself all the time. I had best results by packing the boots tightly full with wadded newspapers, then wrapping the felts after gluing with strips of bicycle tube (tube cut into about 4 strips). The stretch of the tubing allows really snug pressure between the felt and the boots.

Glue- I don't know. Always used barge.
 

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Took the boots to a shoe repair shop and they glued the felts to the mid soles.
Got'em home and riveted bars to soles and returned to shoe shop to get the new soles glued to the boots.
The shoe guy said he could not get the original barge cement in smaller quantities than 1 Gal and that is what he uses. Cost me $40.00 but only game in town.
Now I'll have to test them out on the Clearwater.
 
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