I appreciate the humor Shawn, however, as crazy as the aforementioned technique may sound to you, we do this very same application on a daily basis applying HPL to phenolic for yes, "underwater" applications. The sole on my boot came loose and fell off 3 years ago while on the SoHo, I used the processed that I outlined to reattach it and the sole remains in place to this day. It actually needs replaced since it is to the point that it is now worn out. Based on the fact that it is still in place and has not come loose at all, I will stand by this "crazy" process. Surface preparation and proper application is the key. : )
God gave fishermen expectantcy so they would never tire of throwing out a line.