How To Repair Split Wellies? (Which Method is Best)

Worried about how to repair split wellies?

We know the feeling – your favourite pair of wellies have a split and you don’t want to chuck them. But how do you fix them? Fear not, we’re here to help.

We’ve tested all the methods out there and we’re going to share our top tips with you. So whether you go for glue, stitching or tape, we’ll show you how to make your wellies good as new in no time.

Methods on How To Repair Split Wellies

Method 1 – Puncture Repair Kit

Firstly, let’s look at using a puncture repair kit to fix your wellies (yes you have it right, an actual bike puncture kit – IT WORKS).

This can especially be a good option if you need to fix a small hole and also want the welly to be watertight.

So even if you don’t think your know what you’re doing, DONT WORRY we are going to give you a step by step instructions on how to use this kit.

Step 1: Be sure to make sure there is just one split in your welly, you don’t want to fix the split to only realise after there was more than one.

Step 2: Clean around the area of the split to make sure there is no remaining dust or dirt around the split.

Step 3: Measure the size of the split and cut a piece of rubber from the kit that is larger than the split. Make sure to cover the entire split leaving no room for error to allow any water in the split.

Step 4: Take the adhesive or rubber solution that was given and spread a small amount over the area you’ve prepared. Allow a few moments for the adhesive or rubber solution to become slightly tacky.

Next, cut a piece of rubber and put it over the adhesive or rubber solution you just applied.

Step 5: It’s essential to make sure the edges of the rubber is properly stuck down as there chance it could start to peel off if it’s not stuck down properly.

If they don’t hold, try adding more glue to the corners and reattaching. To ensure that the patch adheres properly, apply a layer of glue around the perimeter of the patch and over the top of the boot.

Step 6: When the adhesive has dried, use chalk to surround the damaged area to ensure there is no sticky residue that may attract dust. A putty knife and a small piece of chalk are usually included in the puncture repair kit.

Check out our recommended puncture repair kit CEILIWEN Bike Tool Kit, its great value for money and although not made actually to fix your wellies, I can assure you it gets the job done.

This type of patch won’t survive indefinitely, and you may need to re-patch the boot a few times but it’s a great temporary fix. However, if you want something more long term then you may want to try method 4 – stitching.

CEILIWEN Bike Tool Kit

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Method 2 – Rubber Repair Tape

A repair tape looks like a giant sticker and can be used to fix small holes and splits. The tape is super sticky, so you’ll need to be careful when putting it on the welly.

Step 1: Cut a piece of tape to go over the hole, but make it slightly larger than you need.

Step 2: Cut another piece of tape (same size) and line it up over the first piece.

Step 3: Rub flat the piece of tape to make sure it sticks completely, without any parts of the tape lifting or flapping around.

Step 4: Continue until the whole split is covered.

After checking out plenty of rubber repair tapes we have found our top choice which is Fowong Butyl Tape for Roof and Leak Repair, it comes in multiple lengths and widths, Butyl Seal Tape is made of butyl rubber by special processing and will not let your wellies down.

Fowong Butyl Tape for Roof and Leak Repair

Method 3 – Rubber Glue

If you’re looking for a more permanent fix, rubber glue is the way to go. This can be used to mend bigger holes and will make your wellies waterproof again.

Step 1: Before you start, make sure the welly is clean and dry. Remove any dust or dirt from the area that you’ll be using the glue on.

Step 2: The glue should come with a brush, and you can use this to put glue around the area you’re fixing. It goes on white but dries clear.

Step 3: You’ll need to hold the pieces together for about 30 seconds to allow the glue to set.

Step 4: If you have a larger hole, you can use multiple layers of glue. Allow for between 30 seconds and one minute between each layer to dry.

Check out the rubber glue I have personally used before when I went to fix my wellies, it’s the Shoe-Fix Shoe Glue: Instant Professional Grade Shoe Repair Glue which is magical stuff.

Its sticks to everything and comes with a brush for easy application. Shoe Glue that bonds almost instantly with no clamping! 

Shoe-Fix Shoe Glue

If you are feeling brave why not give our next method a go, stitching.

Method 4 – Stitching

If you don’t want to use glue and would prefer a more permanent fix, stitching might be the best option for you. It’s also the trickiest and we’d recommend taking them to a professional or asking for help if you’ve never stitched anything before.

Step 1: The first thing you’ll need to do is cut a hole in the split. Make sure it’s bigger than the tear but not too big.

Step 2: Push a needle through both layers of the wellie and weave it back out.

Step 3: Make sure the thread is pulled absolutely taut and tie a knot on the end of the thread.

Step 4: Continue this until you get to the other side of the tear.

Step 5: Tie another knot and cut off any excess thread.

Step 6: Stitching will make your wellies stronger than ever but it may make them slightly stiffer. If you need to, go for shorter walks until they soften up again.

If you want to give hand stitching your rubber wellies a go, then this hand stitching kit which is intended for leather will do a great job.

Take a look at Leather Craft Hand Stitching Tools, which come in a variety of sizes and shapes needles together with stitching awl and sewing thimble – the perfect starter kit.

Leather Craft Hand Stitching Tools

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So there you have it, your complete guide to repairing split wellies.

We’ve shown you four different ways to fix a tear in your favourite rubber boots and we hope one of these methods works for you.

We recommend sticking to the most successful method which is rubber repair tape and if you want a more permanent solution then taking your wellies to a professional to have your split stitched is another worthwhile option.

As always, if you have any questions or need some help, our team is here to answer them. Happy welly-wearing!