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Message 856 · Barry Lewis hpoedbi · 25 Jan 1995 23:17:34 · Top

For those who have not seen this, something else to try.

The application of Uncle Barry's Non-skid.

This non-skid material will work on any untanned leather shoe sole. I
have even used it on shoes for Vintage dancing. I have been using this
material since the early '80s and found nothing better.

The non-skid material is an RTV #3140 made by Dow Corning and sold only
through their distributors, which in the San Francisco bay area is:
K. R. Anderson
2800 Bowers Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Phone (408) 727-2800

This RTV is semiliquid, water clear when cured. It is nontoxic, but
read and adhere to any cautions on the label. Do not get it on your
clothing, for it will not wash out. If you do spill on an unwanted
surface you may wish to let it cure then try to peel it off. Wiping can
be counter productive.

TOOLS you will need:
Spreader: I use my finger; other things will work like an icecream
stick, tongue depressor or grandmother's antique sterling silver butter
knife, although grandmother will not be amused.
Sander: I use a small power finishing sander with very course grit,(
for worn shoes ).

New shoes:
Using a spreader of your choice apply a thin layer of RTV and work it
in a bit. A thin layer is just enough to cover the fibers in the
leather, you are not trying to buildup another sole. This will take
some practice. If some of the RTV spills over onto the tanned leather
leave it and remove after curing. Curing time Two (2) days; may vary
due to temperature and humidity.

Worn shoes:
Use the sander to remove any wax,dirt or grit; sand down to fresh
leather, it will not look like new, but must be clean. Caution do not
sand through the leather or any stitching. Apply the RTV as for new

When first dancing in your newly treated shoes you will find them quite
sticky, but after awhile they will wear to point where the slip to
nonslip ratio is to your liking. When you are again sliping too much
reapply the RTV. This will be only after a lot (years) of dancing.

The RTV comes in tubes or cans, the cans are cheaper, but like good
wine must be finished once opened. So if you buy a can have a shoe
treating party and do the lot at onetime.

Be carefull on wet or frosty floors.
Put your name on the instep of the shoe sole before treatment and it
remain there forever.

I hope this will help.
Question - comments welcome Uncle Barry

* Barry Lewis *
* Hewlett Packard Co. *
* 370 W. Trimble Rd *
* San Jose, CA 95131 *
* Phone (408) 435-6975 Fax (408) 435-6335 *
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