Dealing with Delamination
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STEP 1: CLEAN
Before beginning the repair process, ensure that the affected area is clean and free from debris or dirt. Use a clean cloth or brush to remove any particles that might hinder proper adhesion.
STEP 2: APPLY ADHESIVE
Apply a thin, even layer of adhesive to both the delaminated outsole and the corresponding area on the upper. Be careful not to use an excessive amount of adhesive, as it can lead to messy results.
STEP 3: PRESS & CLAMP
Immediately after applying the adhesive, bring the outsole and upper back together, aligning them properly. Apply ample force to ensure a strong bond between the two components. You can achieve this by using clamps or placing heavy objects on top of the shoe. Make sure the pressure is evenly distributed and covers the entire delaminated area.
STEP 4: WAIT
Refer to the adhesive manufacturer's instructions for the recommended drying time. It is crucial to allow the adhesive to fully cure and bond the outsole and upper together. Avoid using or putting stress on the shoe during this drying period to ensure a successful repair.
STEP 5: INSPECT
After the recommended drying time has elapsed, carefully remove the clamps or heavy objects. Gently inspect the repaired area to ensure that the outsole and upper are securely bonded. Test the repair by flexing the shoe and walking around to assess its stability.
Fixing delamination in shoes is a manageable task that can be completed with the right materials and techniques. By applying adhesive, clamping, and allowing sufficient drying time, you can successfully restore the bond between the outsole and upper, overcoming the annoyance of delamination. Remember, this issue is more common in resoleable shoes such as ours due to their design, but with proper repair, you can extend the life of your beloved footwear.