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"What paint for wellie gumboots?"



A discussion started in 2003 but continuing through 2020

2003

Q. I am in year 12 and doing my HSC project for D&T and was wondering if you could tell me what paint I can use on gumboots (you know, the plastic material that is on them); also if you could give me a price on it too?

Kristine W. [student's last name deleted for privacy]
- Tamworth, NSW, Australia
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2003

A. A language problem. Gumboot is not a name used in most of the world. Just like I thought a 2 wheelie was a bike only to find out that it is a garbage can.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida
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2003

A. In the UK a gumboot is another name for a wellington boot. The wellington boot is named after one of national heroes, the Duke of Wellington, who first wore them. For those who still do not know, it is a boot that reaches to the upper calf muscle or just below the knee; it is usually made of rubber or, more recently, thick synthetic waterproof plastics. They are usually lined with some form of insulation to keep our feet warm in the winter. Wellington boots are quite popular in the UK, especially in our wet weather. Green "wellies" are also a prestigious status symbol amongst some city dwellers who like to pretend they are living in the country, especially when worn with waxed coats such as the world renowned "Barbour"; to make the set, you ideally need a spaniel, labrador or retriever dog and pretend you have a broken shotgun under your arm. If you have the whole set, then you have really "arrived" in trendy city (especially London) society!

trevor crichton
Trevor Crichton
R&D practical scientist
Chesham, Bucks, UK
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2003

A. Hi Kristine,

It's terrible to know that a minority of the English speaking peoples in the world don't know what GUMBOOTS are. One must feel sorry for them, eh?

As far as a paint is concerned, oh dear, here we have a very flexible 'boot' so you'd need a very flexible paint, won't you? May I suggest you go to your local paint store for that ... but preparation is the key ... you'd have to clean, better still, sand down the boots before painting.

Why sanding? Because that will increase the surface area quite apart from removing gloss. Go and try out first of all some of your Mum's nail varnish.

I don't have a clue what these boots are now made from, probably from a flexible vinyl ... in which case Mum's nail varnish should stick on very well but it's not flexible!

freeman newton portrait
Freeman Newton [dec]
(It is our sad duty to advise that Freeman passed away
April 21, 2012. R.I.P. old friend).

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2003

A. I somewhat doubt if any paint will stick for a long period of time and especially where it flexes. You could try a hobby shop and get a small bottle of paint for plastic models. Try it on the least obvious area you can find on the boot. If it works, buy a large bottle or bottles.

Freeman, I have survived marvelously well without a pair of wellies or boots known as gumboots. Now, I do know what a Fosters is and have downed a pack or two.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida
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Wellie Warmers

2003

James,

Dear oh deary me! One sees gumboots on the feet of intrepid oil workers or aboard fishery boats. In Florida, is it where you live?, then they'd not be too necessary ... and might even frighten a 'gator.

But I don't have a clue what a Fosters is (you did use a plural, eh?) A drink, perhaps? But then I'd prefer the McCoy cider (and I'd bet a buck that YOU have never heard of Scrumpie, either!). Tut, bleedin' tut!

freeman newton portrait
Freeman Newton [dec]
(It is our sad duty to advise that Freeman passed away
April 21, 2012. R.I.P. old friend).

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2003

A. Kristine,

Good luck with your year 12 project. The answer is very simple, I know from experience, you see when I paint the outside of the house I occasionally wear gumboots.

Strange the North Americans don't know what gumboots are considering there are gumboot throwing competitions all over the world. I thought everyone knew about or had seen Monty Python on TV. Even stranger still that James didn't know what Fosters was until he was educated in the refinements of world class beers. Its a good drop. And of course our rubbish (garbage) goes out in a rubbish bin (trash can) which is made of plastic and has two wheels on it. Naturally its called a 'wheelie bin'. Reminds me of that story of the garbage collector on his rounds when he came to a house where the bin was not out. He knocked on the door and asked the occupant "Where's ya bin?", and the guy answered "I's bin away on holiday". The garbage bloke said "No, where's ya wheelie bin?" and the guy says "Geez I's really bin in prison".

Back to the problem, the acrylic paint that fell on my gumboots when I was painting the house is still there. So I know the spots of acrylic paint stay, but perhaps you could ask the local shoe repairer if the paints he sells for changing the colour of shoes would work on your gumboots.

Tony Johnston
- Melbourne, Australia
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2003

thumbs up sign Kristine,

I hope that you will let us know what you tried and what worked. At least your letter provided an amount of good natured discussion of the differences in language.

Tony, Freeman is from Canada and he still does not know exactly what a Fosters is. The beer is good, but it is not making itself available worldwide. I do not think that Fosters became reasonably available in the USA smaller cities until 15 years ago. I was introduced to it by an Aussie in Jungle Survival School in Singapore about 40 years ago.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida
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2003

Kristine,

Evidently James was SAVED by an Australian fortuitously carrying bottles of Foster in order to survive in the awful jungles of Singapore. If he hadn't been, just WHAT would Finishing.Com do?

That he is here with us is, he infers, due to draughts of that liquid saviour which, I'm glad to hear is now available in the USA ... but personally I much prefer a Bloody Caesar which 15 years ago was unknown in the USA.

However, I don't suggest you try either of them until you are of age ... or go to Jungle School.

Back in Ye Olden days, there was a popular ditty .... Deep in the Jungle, living in a tent, better than a Pre-fab, No Rent.

freeman newton portrait
Freeman Newton [dec]
(It is our sad duty to advise that Freeman passed away
April 21, 2012. R.I.P. old friend).

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2003

Freeman,

Bloody MARYS have been around in the USA for quite sometime...you canucks just have different terminology. And personally.. I prefer a lot of our local micro-brews to the imported Fosters, and..even worse..Labatts :)

Marc Green
Marc Green
anodizer - Boise, Idaho
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2003

Dere Pooch,

Wud yer plese tell yore master that a Bloody Caesar sure ain't no Bloody Mary.

Heck, iffn he'd try one, he'd kno der differnz. An' its MOTTS wot prodewses th' ingredients that makes Caesars so dam good.

By the way Pooch, yore lookin' good ... can't say that about yore master ... now iffn he'd only try a CAESAR an' get eddicated like itted do him a lotta good.

freeman newton portrait
Freeman Newton [dec]
(It is our sad duty to advise that Freeman passed away
April 21, 2012. R.I.P. old friend).

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2003

Ahhh... Freeman.. you are correct. I forgot about the clam juice stuff in a Ceasar....yuck. Here, in the states, clams are for eatin...not for milkin.

Marc Green
Marc Green
anodizer - Boise, Idaho
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2003

Q. Kristine,

Did you manage to find a paint that will stick to gumboots? I too would like to paint a pair of Gummies! Your knowledge would be much appreciated....

Adrian M. [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Sydney, Australia
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sidebar 2003

I have just seen Tony Johnston's response. Something has occurred to me, in my youth I used to indulge in wellie wanging (throwing wellington boots around). Now, if we painted them in luminous paint, we could do it in the dark, or even in New York or London during a power cut. Any takers? Perhaps we could indulge in virtual wellie wanging, but would that just involve sitting at a computer and thinking about it?

trevor crichton
Trevor Crichton
R&D practical scientist
Chesham, Bucks, UK
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My Ding-a-Ling
by Chuck Berry

2003

Trevor, in the paraphrased words of Chuck Berry, " . . . you must be playing with your own Wellie Wang".

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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2004

A. I have a small business, and we are wanting to design our own wellies. I recently found out that for wellies to be patterned they print on to jersey and use this to line the see through rubber wellie. But this is expensive and can only do when mass produced. We are also looking now for a way of painting on the boot. My friend once used acrylic paint, but her wellies kept sticking together.

Jo Mapp
- Nottingham
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2004

A. Hi Kristine,

Maybe if you mixed acrylic paints with a thickish pva you could prevent the paint cracking as the pva is very flexible. Or paint the wellies them paint over with two coats of pve to seal them. Mind you, by now you're probably not bothered anymore are you? Just realised this thread started 2003!

Incidentally...forget the fosters, stick to JD!

Corinne Bradd
freelance designer - Colchester, Essex, UK
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2006

Q. Hello

I too was also wondering what paint I can use on gumboots, I am a big fan of buying plain things and jazzing them up(making them look cooler by painting them) I wanted to get a pair of old gumboots and paint them but I have no idea what paint will stay on.My dad said that I could use oil paints but I'm not sure.I was thinking of using an acrylic paint and then spray on a waterproof cover
should I use oil paints or acrylic?

Stephanie P. [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
hobbyist - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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2006

thumbs up sign Hi guys,
just wanted to let you all know that I too needed to know what paint stayed on gumboots. I am in yr 8 and I am girl guide, my unit and I are going on a camp called 'the lady stradbroke cup' and we need to paint our 'boots'. thank-you all so much for you help, it was greatly appreciated. keep up the good work.
Love Matilda

Matilda H [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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2006

Q. I am also looking to paint my wellies for a guide camp. would pva glue on top of acrylics do the job. I think that taking a plain simple thing and making it to my liking and putting my identity on it is fun. Also does any one know what the mass production technique for making wellies is as I need to know for my GCSE graphic product course.
Thanks

Emma Victoria
- Hampshire, England, UK
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2006

....just found this site in my pursuit of "how to paint my wellies" ... so ... after three years (when question originally raised here), has anyone found sure fired way of painting their wellies? or have you all given up now :o)

KATHY BARNARD
- London
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2006 -- this entry appended to this thread by editor in lieu of spawning a duplicative thread

Hi
I'm a girl guide and currently in my last year at senior school year 11. I have to do a major project for my graphic design GCSE and was thinking of painting a pair of wellies (gumboots) I was wondering what would be the best paint to use on my wellies and would the paint stay on as I want to wear them to all the guide camps I go on as our guide unit has a thing about funky wellies.
Thanks,

Emma Louise B. [student's last name deleted for privacy]
Student - Hampshire, England, UK
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2006

thumbs up sign I never thought that I would see this question again, but here it is, nearly verbatim. There was a several letter exchange on this subject a while back, 2-3 years ago.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida
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2006

Hi Emma L.B.,

Goest back above ... wherein thou willst find, I think, my old friendly nemesis James Watts on the subject of painting 'Wellies'.

May you daub successfully.

freeman newton portrait
Freeman Newton [dec]
(It is our sad duty to advise that Freeman passed away
April 21, 2012. R.I.P. old friend).

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2007

I can't tell you what would work, but I can tell what won't. I tried spray paint and wouldn't recommend it. It didn't dry, not even after a couple of weeks, and remained sticky, so that everything and everyone the boots came into contact with stuck to the boots (or got paint on them).

Taryn C [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Perth, Western Australia
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2007

Hi folks,

I haven't actually gotten around to trying this yet but I reckon permanent markers on light coloured boots would be the way to go. Say, white fishermans/mongers boots.

PVA is no good - it is water soluble which kind of defeats the point of wearing gumboots - you can't jump in puddles!

As for Fosters - possibly THE worst Aussie beer available (after XXXX so I hear!).

Hope that helps.

Kat Dobbyn
- Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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2007

A. I just found this site after searching for a solution to my gumboot painting problem....I don't think I was the first one to do so either.

I read this entire thread and considered all the suggestions made. The only plausible one seems to be the nail polish...what's more - I've tried it and it works!

happy gumboot painting, guys!

Megan Wilson
- Brisbane, QLD, Australia
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2007

Fosters is not a good beer at all! It's the beer we Australians export because no one here will drink the filth. You'll be hard pressed to find it on tap anywhere and even in bottle shops there might be One sixer (6-pack) sitting next to the 4 or 5 sixers of Carlton Draught & VB (it's worth noting the same company makes Carlton, VB and Fosters)...

Onto the Gumboots. I'm currently trying out some relatively decent Spray Paints on some gumboots. I have to wait to get home from work but I'll post something about my results tomorrow.

Julian Wearne
- Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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2007

No charge for waste disposal if you want to ship that Foster's to me.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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