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Unread 08-25-2012, 12:59 AM   #31
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So I need silver boots, to complete my Gokai Silver costume.

A few photos to get the idea:

Actual made boot from friends costume:

Boots in-show:

Now my suit is a bit shinier than the suit my friend has, or the one used in-show.


I'm outta luck when it comes to finding the boots I was going to use:

They're apparently discontinued, and the size I need (medium) is near, if not completely impossible to find (and believe me, I've spent three days searching, finding stores that allow me to add them to the cart, process an order.... and then just send refunds when they check their stock status...all that seems to be left is either too small, or too large).

But the white version of those boots, seems to be in-stock various places:

So white must become silver (and the closer it looks to the suit silver, the better!)... how should I go about this?

Angelus Paints has a silver paint, but there aren't any examples in the gallery... so I'm not sure if I should go that route... oooooor perhaps this "Rub n' Buff" might work even better (this photo makes it look quite good... for bookcases)? I'm just not entirely sure it works on faux leather, or any fabric (I've sent an email to the company, asking just that).

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Unread 02-22-2013, 10:57 PM   #32
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I would LOVE your advice on what to do for these shoes. I'm cosplaying Zero Suit Samus from Metroid Other M and I just bought these shoes that I plan to paint blue, but I don't know what kind of paint to use.

They are Truth or Dare by Madonna, and this is all it says about it:
Leather upper
Round-toe cloased booties with exposed outside zipper
1" covered platform, 4-1/10" covered wedge heel
Man-made sole

So I assume the boot is leather and the heel is some kind of plastic or something, so I don't know what that would mean I should use for paint. Would the leather paint destroy the heel? Could I use acrylic paint on it and it be fine, not ruin any leather part or anything?

And sort of advice would be SUPER appreciated. Thank you.

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Unread 02-24-2013, 04:09 PM   #33
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I know that Angelus leather paint works great on synthetic leather. You can check out what my friend and I did with it + tutorial on my cosplay blog: http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/revi...-leather-paint

I used it on the heels which look to be made of the same stuff as the boots you want to paint and it worked fine. Angelus leather paint is very similar to regular acrylic paint so you can assume that if it can be painted safely with acrylic, leather paint will work too.

I hope this helps!

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PPS: Thinking back on it, I think the colour on the heels didn't get as bright as on the synthetic leather (which happened to be how Elizabeth's boots are so it wasn't an issue for me). To counter this you might need to paint more layers or prime the heels with white acrylic paint.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 08:45 PM   #34
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Yes, Samus IS awesome!!! And maybe, if I remember correctly I think the heel is actually darker than the rest of the shoe, so that might benefit me. But thank you for the tip, I'll definitely look into that.

And thank you so much for the paint info!!! I was at Michael's the other day buying paint for my suit and I was going crazy that I couldn't find anything for my shoes.Thank you thank you thank you!!!!
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Unread 02-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #35
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Anyone have any advice/experience painting rubber boots? I got this pair thinking I could just spray paint it, but I figured I'd come to the forums and check around first. I already have the boots, so no trading in for easily paintable faux leather boots.

Does regular spray paint stick to these bad boys or should I look into Krylon Fusion stuff I've read about on this thread? Thanks for the input!
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Unread 03-10-2013, 10:11 AM   #36
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I had to return the previous heels, as I almost broke my ankle walking out of my front door. No matter how hard I tried, I cannot walk in five inch heels.
But after hours of searching, I found a new shoe, that is perfect, just not as tall.
It has a shiny leather look to it, and is "all man made material". That would be suede, right?
And can I still use the Angelus paints on it? Or should I use the paints you were using in the first post of this forum?
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Unread 06-12-2014, 05:30 PM   #37
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Unread 09-12-2014, 03:10 PM   #38
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I don't know if anyone will respond to this but I'm going to be painting a pair of faux leather shoes and I'm interested in trying out the Angelus leather paints.

None of the tutorials I looks at that included the paint mentioned this but the ones with acrylic paint has, so I would feel better just asking:
Do you have lightly sand the surface of the faux leather heel before you use the angelus paint on the shoe?

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Unread 06-01-2015, 01:30 PM   #39
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Thank you for all the tips:3 I have 2 questions though..... How would you go about stripping away acrylic paint from faux leather shoes? And does anyone have a preferred sealer they use? I used varnish and the shoes held for a long time and a lot of action.

Painting tip! I used a make up sponge as a brush for my final coats and the shoes were 100% coated and streak free:3 Even the pesky plastic(that's what the material looked like) heel was coated and matched the rest of the shoe! The sponge brushes from craft stores are too porous so they just made bubbles, the make up sponges were amazingO_O
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I used acrylic paint on a pair of boots and sealed them with varnish. I wore these shoes all around Hollywood(so much walking....) and danced at a club for maybe 3 hours in them and they had just 1 small crack on the side>.>

For future projects I'm going to be trying Angelus and I'm curious about the Krylon Spraypaint for Plastic.
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Unread 06-04-2015, 12:35 PM   #40
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I can't tell you how awesome this is! It's a godsend within itself. It's bad enough to where you have to create your own shoes and boots from scratch sometimes, but it's even more of a pain when you have to find decent shoes and boots already and sometimes they're not even in the right color. Then you have to worry about if it's in your size and also in stock.

So yeah, I managed to find some great boots that's not only in my size, but also it fits around my calves completely! Huge rare treasure for me because my foot fits a size 7, but my calves force me into a size 8 boots

This is going to help me with my Gun Mage Yuna boots from FFX-2. I'm going to give this a try and thanks so much for this
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Unread 06-08-2015, 10:13 PM   #41
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Forgive me for double posting

Anyway, here's an update and end result of the my Gun Mage Yuna boots. Here are the boots that I'm going for in terms of using this method:

yuna-gun-mage5 - Copy.jpg

Okay, here's the pair of boots that I started out with. As you can tell, it's a maroon color that I needed to turn maginta color with the design. Mind you, the masking tape is just a map out of the overall design and where the paint will go. I also had to create the maginta color myself and then add matte medium to the mixture:


After doing this said method, I'm very happy, excited, relieved, and pleased with the end result:


Instead of 10 layers like OP, I did 6 coats/layers. I just made sure to even them all out so nothing will look undercoated than the other. All I need to do is just add the top trim to the boots and they'll be anime convention ready for next month.

So again, this method totally works, but everyone's formula will be different due to what each cosplayer is attempting. Thanks again for the method
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Unread 07-10-2015, 11:10 PM   #42
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Thanks for this
I have some black boots I need to paint yellow, with a pink flower like thing towards the top.
My plan is to do the acrylic method, since acrylics are readily available at the craft store I work at.
I'm guessing I need to do a primer coat, or three, of white first before I try the yellow, or will multiple layers of yellow be just fine?
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