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Unread 10-05-2004, 01:02 PM   #1
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Painting shoes help ^^

Hi hi ^^ I started to paint shoes for a costume using acrylic paints and sealer. I used many thin coats as opposed to thick ones, let them dry then at the end applyed sealer. However just recently when I went to check on them they had started to crack a little o.o? there are no thick layers when I pained so I've been wonder how do I fix that or tips for painting next time?

Does it help if I dont paint the very bottom? Because as you walk with shoes the will bend slightly so if the bottom is painted that can cause problems right? This is my first time painting shoes so I thought I would ask for tips ^^
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Unread 10-05-2004, 01:47 PM   #2
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Any paint on fabric or material that is subject to movement will be in danger of cracking. I really would suggest dye as opposed to paint, but if you do need to use paint, then the thinner the better. You've got the right idea using the acrylic paint, and you can probably fix the cracks by making a very thinned out batch of paint, and putting some light coats over the cracked areas.
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Unread 10-05-2004, 01:57 PM   #3
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Humm thats what I was figuring. How would I dye the bottom a shoe? o.O? They are shoes for my Edward Elric costume. I attached a pic @@
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Unread 10-05-2004, 02:09 PM   #4
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Oh!

Ok, forget what I said, I thought you were doing the upper part of the shoe.

You want latex paint for that part, not acrylic. Latex will stretch a bit once it's dry, and you'll want to make sure you use plenty of light coats. Unfortunately, even the latex paint will crack after some use.
Huum.. thinking about it, if you wanted to try an experement, you could get some red RTV silicone (in the handy tube at just about any automotive store), rough up the sides of those boot soles, maybe even drill some small holes, and apply a thin layer of the RTV. It holds up REALLY well to movement, and it drys in a color thats very similar to the picture you attached. You'll need the surface of the rubber to be rough so the RTV will hold though.
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Unread 10-05-2004, 02:20 PM   #5
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Latex paint huh? Okies ^^ Where would you suggest getting that? At a craft store or a homehard wear store @@ Also are they different types I should know about? I've never worked with latex paints before. ^^; Is there a type of sealer I should use? Do I need an undercoat of anything? Sorry for the questions but I want to make sure I get the right stuff XD

As for the automotive stuff, I don't think I'll try that @@ If latex paint will handle movements better that should work XD

Thanks so much for helping me out XD
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Unread 10-05-2004, 02:23 PM   #6
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Humm if I did try the RTV silicone, how would I rough up the rubber? Sandpaper o.o?
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Unread 10-05-2004, 03:00 PM   #7
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On the latex, you can get that at the Home Depot/Lowes/Builders Square places. Wal Mart also has it, and you can get those places to mix it to whatever color you want. You may have to buy a whole gallon if they mix the color, but see if you can get away with just a pint. We're talking latex house paint here, so it should be pretty cheap.

To scuff the rubber for the RTV, I'd suggest some really rough sand paper. You can also do it with a small drill. If you go the small drill route, you'll have to poke a bunch of holes, which the RTV will get squished in to while you're applying. That will give you the best hold. I'm sure the core of an ink pen, or an unbent paper clip would work as well, but it depends on the hardness of the material of the sole of the boot.
If you use RTV, remember to spread it with your finger, then smooth it with a spare credit card, or something else that's throw away with a straight edge. After the RTV dries, you can trim any excess with a sharp Xacto knife.
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Unread 10-05-2004, 03:24 PM   #8
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Awsome thanks for all the help XD I think I'm going to try the latex house paint first. Do I need any base coat or sealer for it?
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Unread 10-05-2004, 03:36 PM   #9
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Ooh I found a awsome pic someone did of the boots they made? How do you think they did the bottoms for this?
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Shoe repair stores have special spray for shoes that changes their color and doesnt crack (cause its made especially for shoes) I know they have browns and blacks but I didnt check on brighter colors...you could try there maybe ^^
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Unread 10-05-2004, 10:17 PM   #11
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Hummm I found some of that online ^^ Looks interesting, do you think that its suited for the soles and bottoms of shoes? If so that sounds like a good idea XD
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Dani has shoe coloring at his on-line store.

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Unread 10-05-2004, 11:21 PM   #13
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RTV will go just fine on the bottoms of your shoes just fine, putting it on the soles.. humm.. its going to wear off after a bit, but for the most part the color will stay. Unless the sole was moulded in the color, then no matter what you do, it will eventually wear off
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Unread 10-05-2004, 11:35 PM   #14
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Wow I have lots of options now @@ Spray, Latex paint, or RTV @@ i don't know which to try first XD
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Go with the eaisest/cheapest first
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