How to Waterproof Converse

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Converse shoes are a comfortable and fashionable accessory for any wardrobe, regardless of age or gender. Converse, also known as Chuck Taylors, can have a long life with proper care since they are so durable. Along with regular cleaning, Chucks can be waterproofed to ensure they last longer. There are a few things to keep in mind if you would like to waterproof your Converse shoes.

How to Waterproof Converse
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Things You'll Need

  • Fluoropolymer-based product
Step 1

Buy a fluoropolymer-based product to waterproof your Converse. Fluoropolymer-based products are best for canvas. Sprays are easiest to apply, like Thompson's WaterSeal Sport Seal.

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Step 2

Clean your Converse thoroughly before applying any waterproofing products. Wash your shoes in the washer and let them air dry.

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Step 3

Set up an area outdoors to spray your Converse. Move or protect items from overspray that you do not want waterproofed.

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Step 4

Perform a spot test on a small area of your Converse. This will ensure you will be satisfied with the overall appearance of your shoes once they are waterproofed.

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Step 5

Apply the fluoropolymer-based spray to your Converse. The product should be between 6 to 8 inches away while spraying the shoes. Coat the surface, but do not oversaturate the canvas.

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Step 6

Dry your Converse before reapplying the product a second time. Wait four hours, then spray the shoes again for the best results.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Dry shoes for 24 hours before exposing to water.
  • Reapply the waterproofing product with each cleaning.
  • Silicone-based products are not recommended with canvas because it may break down the material of the shoes.
  • The spray should be used outdoors because of dangerous fumes.
  • Do not use fluoropolymer-based products near a heat source.
  • Do not smoke while applying the product to your Converse.

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