Waterproofing Shoes: Important Tricks And Tips
Waterproofing your leather shoes (as well as some types of cloth shoes) is essential to surviving winter weather, since water can damage or completely ruin leather. All waterproofing solutions work similarly to create a thin barrier on the surface of your leather that cannot be penetrated by water.
Before you begin the waterproofing process, take a close look at your shoes and determine what type of leather and other materials it is made of. Check the shoe box for any special cleaning instructions that you will need to keep in mind. Then select a waterproofing product that is made for your type of leather.
For waterproofing shoes, you may select either a spray or a semi-solid wax product. Sprays are easier to use, but may not be able to provide a good thick waterproofing coat. On the other hand, you should not use a spray (which usually contains silicone) on thin, delicate leathers. The manufacturer of this leather may recommend a basic semi-solid product for waterproofing shoes.
Before you begin waterproofing, do a "spot test" on a small, hard-to-see area on your shoes. A good spot is somewhere inside the shoes, such as on the underside of the tongue. If you notice any color or texture changes, or any damage, stop and do not use the product. Contact the manufacturer of your shoes to know how to proceed.
If all goes well, you can begin waterproofing leather. Some waxy products contain a brush, while others are rub-on. If using a rub-on product, get a smooth, soft, cloth. Read the directions first - most likely, they will tell you to rub in slow circular motions and to apply more than one coat for waterproofing shoes.
If you use a brush, the process is much the same, except that you will make slow circular motions with the brush, and try to apply a little bit of pressure so that the brush can get deep into cracks. However, make sure you are using a soft brush specially made for this purpose, otherwise you could scratch the shoes. Experts usually recommend that a brush be used for fabric waterproofing, as well.
Speaking of cracks, whether using a cloth or brush, you will want to spend extra attention on all seams, cracks, raised areas, and any imperfections in the leather. Slather a little extra on these areas so that it can really sink in, and rub copiously. Repeat up to three times if necessary to waterproof these important areas.
Learn how to skateboard
Learn how to skateboard and do some bad ass tricks.
There are three main parts of a skateboard, the wheels, the trucks and the deck.There are all different kinds of decks. Some that you can get are: Boom, Blank, Edwards, Zero, Birdhouse and Shortys. The trucks support the wheels. You can get abec ones,twos, threes, fours, fives, six, sevens. Abec ones are the slowest. Most people select Abec threes because they are the right speed for most people. You can get plastic or rubber wheels. Rubber wheels are the fastest type.
There are so many moves you can do on a skateboard. Most beginning skateboarders first learn the basic skateboarding tricks such as ollie, kickflip, and 180 degree ollie. The more complicated moves are 360 flip, 540 flip, hardflip, method and many more. There are also grinds, which is when you ollie onto a bar or pole, etc. and grind it. Some grinds are: boardslide, 50-50 grind, 5-0 grind, blunt and much more.
There are many famous skateboarders who skateboard for a living like Tony Hawk, Chad Muska, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen and many more.
How to do an ollie: Push off fast, once you are going fast put your back foot on the tail and your other foot in the middle of the board. Push down on the tail then push your other foot up the board to your front trucks. Do the same with your other foot so that it goes on the bottom trucks. The board should then hopefully be in the air. Land onto the board. When landing it, bend your knees so that the board doesn't absorb the impact. The board may snap if you dont land properly.
How to do a 180 ollie: push off when you have enough speed put your left foot on the top trucks and your right foot on the nose, then ollie while your right foot pushes the nose down. Turn the board 180 degrees by pushing it to the right now rotate 180 degrees then land it.
How to do a kickflip: put one foot on the tail so you get comfortable and the other foot on the left side just below the middle of the board. Push your foot on the tail down, when it hits the ground quickly push your other foot forwards, so that your board's flipping in the air. When it has gone right around and your still in the air land on the board.
How to 50-50 grind: find a pole then push off, then ollie onto the pole and keep your balance. When your trucks are on the pole, push back on your tail, then push off.
Tips : When ollieing off steps keep your feet on the trucks, so that you do not snap the board. Absorb moves with your knees so that the board doesn't snap. If it's raining, it's not a good idea to go for a skate outside because it will be easier to snap your board and the wood will become soggy.