HOW TO APPLY TUFF TOE:
STEEL TOE WORK BOOTS

Here's how we and every Tuff Toe Certified Application Pro apply's Tuff Toe for a professional factory finish. Make sure to read through the instructions and watch the demo video before starting. If you have any questions, call, email, or Facebook message us. If you don't want to apply Tuff Toe yourself, we have nation wide retailers who can apply it for you, click here for the directory.

Step 1: tape

Use masking or painters tape to tape off your boots so that Tuff Toe will cover anywhere from the toe tip to 1-2 cm from where the steel toe ends. We don't recommend applying Tuff Toe to any flex areas. You can tape along the sole edge if you'd like a cleaner line.

Step 2: Prep Surface

The few times we have had Tuff Toe not adhere to a shoe or boot is when the footwear material is either not prepped properly or is simply low quality leather or plastic. 

Step 3: equalize cartridge & tip

CRUCIAL. Equalize the 2-part cartridge as well as the mixing nozzle. To do this simple push out some material until you see that both the clear and color parts are extracting.  

step 4: apply tuff toe

Hold the boot with your left hand (if you're right handed) and begin on the left side. Apply slowly from the sole to top. 
If you apply too quickly the material will come out runny and take-off on you. Applying slowly allows the material to begin setting so that it is thicker and easier to manage.
If the material begins to run on you, simply turn the boot so that the material runs back into itself. 

Step 5: remove tape

Immediately remove the tape. Pull carefully so that you don't mess up your application.

Step 6: rotate

The material is still setting up and if you simply put the boot down the material will run to the sole. You want the material to be focused on the toe tip, so rotate the boot for 1-2 mins with the toe tip pointed down. 

Step 7: cure for 24 hrs

A full 24 hrs is recommended for a full cure, however you will see that within 90 mins the material will be 80% cured. If you have to use your boots before the 24 hrs we recommend putting them in a warm area to help speed up the process (a hot car or in front of a heater works great).

finish options:

matte or glossy

Optional: For a matte finish simply wait for 30 to 45 min and lightly touch to make sure it feels slightly tacky. If your Tuff Toe feels sticky then wait another 5 min and retest. Rub your finger across the Tuff Toe and you will see the sheen removed. 

important boot prep tips

Check your boots for oil levels.

The few times we have had Tuff Toe not adhere to a shoe or boot is when the footwear material is either not prepped properly or is simply low quality leather or plastic.  

  • Check your boot for oil levels. If painters or masking tape won't stick then not much will.
  • Use Comet or Deglazing Chemical to prep oily boots

Demo Videos: How To Apply Tuff Toe Boots

examples

from Tuff Toe Certified Application Pros (TCAP).
Click below to find a TCAP near you.

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Tuff Toe Wall of Shame

How NOT to Apply Tuff Toe!
In case you want to see what will happen if you do not follow our directions, just look at a few of the members of our Wall of Shame and you'll see how NOT to apply Tuff Toe to you boots. When having a store apply Tuff Toe for you, make sure that they are Tuff Toe Certified Application Pros (TCAP). If you want to find a TCAP near you, just click here to be taken to our TCAP locator page. 

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