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Unread 09-10-2006, 02:30 PM   #1
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Painting rubber boots...

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I have a pair of tall black rubber boots that I need to be gray. Regular paint doesn't seem to dry or stick well, so does anyone else know if there's a certain type of paint that will do the trick?

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Unread 09-10-2006, 04:10 PM   #2
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Uh, this may be a stab in the dark, but have you tried fabric paint?
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Unread 09-10-2006, 04:37 PM   #3
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Have you tried spray paint? It really sticks to anything. I painted a pair of boots for my Ed Elric costume and the paint stuck really well, there were fabric and rubber parts, the paint hasn't chipped once. I love spray paint. its my new favorite thing.
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Unread 09-10-2006, 05:20 PM   #4
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Use a paint that has latex/plastic in it (some spray paint do) check the canister contents or ask a sales clerk for a plastic base spray paint. You can us acrylic art paint but the spray paint will give you an even coat.
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Unread 09-10-2006, 06:56 PM   #5
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Spray is the best way to go. I spray painted the soles of my boots, and it really works well. (It came off a bit, but only on the bottom where I had been walking all day. XD)

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Unread 09-11-2006, 03:34 PM   #6
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They make special spray paint now that's just for plastic, so it won't flake away as easily as regular spray pain- I love the stuff. I found it at Wal Mart for $3ish/can.
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Unread 09-11-2006, 11:52 PM   #7
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The special paint is marketed under the FUSION by Krylon

the color most close to what you describe is either Satin Twilight or Satin Pewter Gray

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Don't know if the prices are good or not nor to I recommend or not they were the first goggle page with a decent list of colors

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Unread 09-14-2006, 07:08 PM   #8
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krylon hated my rubber boots and cracked off in like 20 minutes. XD it was really sad.
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painting polyurethane boots

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Unread 10-04-2010, 12:21 AM   #10
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sorry to bump an old thread but anyone have an issue of the paint being to sticky
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Unread 01-25-2011, 05:31 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Spiritman View Post
sorry to bump an old thread but anyone have an issue of the paint being to sticky
Yes, I've had this problem when I tried to spray paint rubber boots. It's been a month and the paint is still very sticky and the boots are unwearable. :\ I haven't been able to fix them yet, but I think the problem is that I spray painted rubber boots with paint that isn't specifically made for rubber. If this is the same for your problem, you might try finding a spray paint that has rubber listed on the can as something it will take to. Ask a store employee if needed. This is the step I'm going to try next, once I strip the old sticky paint.
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Unread 01-25-2011, 05:40 PM   #12
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krylon plastic paint....no really. it should work.

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Unread 01-25-2011, 11:44 PM   #13
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I'm really scared to paint boots again, but I need to paint some purple. My dad painted me these GORGEOUS boots for a spidergirl cosplay a few years ago, and about halfway through the con almost all the paint had flaked off. definitely bummed me out any tips to keep the paint from cracking through all the bending and movement that comes with a con, or will spray paint keep that from happening?
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Unread 06-23-2011, 11:34 PM   #14
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I know this is an old post but I think I have solved this problem.
I have been working on Rikku's boots from FFX2 and ran into the same problem. I bought White knee high rubber rain boots and cut them to the shape I wanted them and then spray painted them blue with Krylon Plastic paint after taping off the areas I wanted to keep white. Well it was a fiasco. The tape came loose and I got spray paint almost everywhere. So I spent forever letting them dry and noticed the same "stickiness" that you all have. So after much trail and error with several different types of paint I decided that Plastic was the best to get the paint to stay on but it did not dry nor was it easy to use for detailing. So what I did was rub all the paint off where I did not want it as much as I could and then sprayed the paint into a cup to get it to pool and used it like regular paint (careful it is super runny) then once it dried as much as it was going to for 24-hours I sprayed it with Clear spray paint, the sealer kind that you use for art work, I just looked for the ones that worked on plastic (I have found it at craft/art stores and at Wal Mart) . 3 hours later they dried perfectly!
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Unread 06-24-2011, 12:16 PM   #15
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uhm. plastic and rubber are two different materials.
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