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Unread 02-08-2017, 01:53 PM   #1
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Altering black faux-suede boots

I recently purchased a pair of black faux-suede boots from the thrift. They weren't the color I needed, but I have back issues and I wasn't about to pass up a pair of boots I was actually comfortable in.

Thing is, I need them to be lighter. Grey would be better that solid black. Is there anyway I could achieve this through bleaching or painting?

I did buy fabric the correct shade to make shoe covers if need be. I'm just new at this and was wondering what my other options were before I sat down with needle and thread.

Thanks in advance.
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Unread 02-08-2017, 03:35 PM   #2
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faux suede should take fabric paint nicely. better to do a couple thin coats to get even coverage than to glob it on and get a lumpy finish.
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faux suede should take fabric paint nicely. better to do a couple thin coats to get even coverage than to glob it on and get a lumpy finish.
Thanks. Should I get a color of paint that's the color I'd like the boots to be? Or since the boots are black, will the paint's true color not hold? Like, do I need white paint to make the boots grey?

I haven't done much with fabric paint, are there certain brands more recommended than others?
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Jacquard is really good, but by no means the only option.

I'd probably do one coat of white first (and it more than likely won't actually look white) because that reduced how many coats of your color you will need.
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Typically when shoes are in a different color than what I need them to be, I add a couple of layers of Gesso on the top, especially to take away the texture of the shoe underneath.
But as Penlowe ssaid, a few thin layers of your paint should do just fine and not give you any issues!
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