Do different climates and conditions affect shoe protection spray?

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 How can I make the application dry quicker? 

Should I wear a respirator mask when applying a waterproof spray?

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Shoe protector spray is like providing them with a shield against the elements. Protectors act as a waterproof spray for shoes, and also help ward off other environmental damages. Whether that's from strong sunlight, dry heat, or simply a lot of dust in your day-to-day, shoe spray helps keep them looking like the day you bought them. You can use it for work boots, dress shoes, your daily runners; anything you're putting on your feet can use shoe protector spray as a means of inexpensive upkeep. 

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Do different climates and conditions affect shoe protection spray?

Unless it says on the package that the spray material is only intended for warm or cold weather (and the best shoe protection spray will never say something like that) the weather should not in any way impact the effectiveness of the sealant. The only caveat being that the material must be applied in the recommended way under recommended conditions and in the recommended amounts.

 How can I make the application dry quicker? 

 Most producers of these shoe protection sprays recommend that you allow the protectant to dry naturally. This will ensure that the material sets in the way it’s intended which will allow for it to last as long as possible and deliver the most thorough protection possible. That said there are a couple of workarounds you can use if you are in a hurry that will dry the film faster. Although be aware that the manufacturer makes no guarantees as to the effectiveness of the material if you do. The first is to simply set the shoes or bag or jacket in front of a fan. This will certainly dry the material faster but it’s also likely to project dust into the film that will wind up drying into the protective coating. The other method is to use a hairdryer. Although again, if you heat the material up too much you run the risk of compromising its composition and, by extension, its effectiveness. 

 Should I wear a respirator mask when applying a waterproof spray? 

For the most part it depends on the type of water repellent spray for shoes you’re using and where you are when you apply the spray. If you’re using an aerosol spray in a closed room then you should definitely wear a protective dust mask. If you are using a non-aerosol spray outdoors or in the garage then there is no compelling reason to use a mask. Some people will want to err on the side of caution and wear a protective mask no matter what. And there is certainly nothing wrong with that approach. The only time it may be necessary to consider an actual respirator is if you are applying the material in a tiny, completely enclosed space, like a walk-in closet. That said, however, you should not be applying any type of chemical sealant in such a tiny enclosed space.

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