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Rubber adhesive recommendation?

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Garrett R. · · Colorado · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 40

I have a pair of approach shoes which are delaminating on the soles. The rubber on both sides of the delam is still in good shape, and my plan is to just glue it back together with clamps and an adhesive, but don't know what glue / epoxy would be best. Any recommendations?



wivanoff · · Northeast, USA · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 553

Weldwood Contact Cement or Barge Cement. Look for the version that has Toluene in it. IMO, that works better than Toluene free version.

Hint: Apply to both sides and let dry completely. Soften over an electric burner stove and then stick together until cool.

Marty C · · Herndon, VA · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 70

I have had good results using automotive gasket maker

(Permatex ultra blue silicone gasket maker)

NorCalNomad · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 120

^^ Wivanoff knows what's up. Heat + letting the good Barge dry completely is the stuff. 

When your shoes are made the normal order of operations for gluing stuff together is. 

-Chemical "primer/ etcher" applied to both surfaces


-First layer of glue on both surfaces


-Second layer of glue on both surfaces


-Stuck together



NWNINJA · · Nederland, CO · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 80

Barge cement is awesome for fixing de-lams. Pretty easy to find too. 

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 275

I had the same issue on my Five Tennies.  I used the Gorilla Glue equivalent to super glue in the gel form.  It dried and held fast.  I approached and climbed the East Buttress of Whitney right after the fix and there was no issue with delamination.  They are still holding up.  

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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