This article will show you how to keep your shoes from cracking when you paint them. You can make your shoes look nicer by adding color with paints.
Paint directly on the shoe or use paper to draw it first. I like to paint an emoji design, but whatever you want! Acrylic paint is best for shoe painting because it does not crack easily.
If you have no idea what you’re doing, then acrylic paint will cause irreversible damage to your shoes. So make sure that you really know how to paint your shoes before using acrylic paint!
- 1 How to Prevent Acrylic Paint from Cracking on Shoes
- 2 How to Prepare Your Shoes for Acrylic Paint
- 3 Can You Use Acrylic Paint on Leather Shoes
- 4 How to Paint Your Shoes with Acrylic Paint
- 5 Is Acrylic Paint Permanent
- 6 Is Acrylic Paint Waterproof
- 7 What Shoes Are Best for Acrylic Paint
- 8 Why Does Acrylic Paint Crack on Shoes
- 9 How to Prevent Sneakers from Cracking
- 10 Final Words
How to Prevent Acrylic Paint from Cracking on Shoes
For shoes, acrylic paint is best. If you want to embellish them, it is the best choice of all. Acrylic paint is siple to use.
It’s easy to paint when wet and dries fast too, which means you can wear your shoes pretty fast after painting them! Second, because this paint is popular and available everywhere, you can find any color that you want and buy as much as you need!
Thirdl: if acrylic paints crack before they dry then they will not be good for painting on shoes anymore.
When you are painting, add thin layers of paint. Add the paint toward direction that your shoe bends when you walk. Don’t mix paints that are different brands. Use a sealant to make sure the paint does not dry. Don’t add any heat to try to dry your shoes.
How to Prepare Your Shoes for Acrylic Paint
First, you need to have your painting surface ready. For shoes, you want them dust free and clean first before painting them. If you have old, worn-out shoes, use water to clean them and make sure they are dry before using your paint.
It’s hard to work with acrylic paint if the surface is still wet. You can also leave your shoes in the sun to dry if they are new or dampen them if they are old for a good shakedown before painting!
Choose your paint and brushes. You need to decide what kind of paint you want to use. There are many different brands of this paint, so it can be hard to choose the best one. If you know which brand you want, then go ahead and buy it. If not, find out more about them first before deciding on one.
Paint is made from different ingredients. However, not all paint manufacturers use the same solvent. It’s recommended to use one type of paint only. If you use two paints together that are different, the consistency of two paints may not mix well.
If different brands of paints are used, then your paint might crack and fall off more easily than it would if you had just used one brand name. Just buy different colors of acrylic paint from the same brand. Next time, you can experiment a diffrent brand and their colors.
If you messed up and want to get paint off shoes, read this article: How to Get Paint off Shoes.
Can You Use Acrylic Paint on Leather Shoes
Yes, you can do that but it needs extra steps and more caution. It’s easier to paint on fabric and canvas shoes.
The reason is because you need extra steps to get your shoes ready for the painting. For example, you will need to leather deglazer first and then you need to wait for 24 hours.
If you want to change the look of your dress shoes, you can paint them. It is hard to get the original color back after painting. I do not think it is a good idea to paint expensive leather shoes that cost $100+. You need these things:
1) A cloth
2) Leather Preparer and Deglazer
3) Your choice of paints brushes
4) Leather-approved acrylic finisher
5) Flat brush or sponge brush for wet surfaces
Steps to take:
Brush your shoes with the Leather Preparer and Deglazer. This removes the factory finish, making it easier for paint to stick. Give it a few minutes to dry.
While your shoes dry, get all of your supplies together so you can paint them. Thin the paints with water to make it easier to apply a few layers without them looking inconsistent.
With a flat paintbrush or sponge, apply your first layer of paint starting from the bottom and going upwards following what you see on the reference picture or painting not what you think will work best for you as an artist for better results. Create a thin layer and let it dry before applying another layer as many as needed until they are
Once you are done with your shoes, leave them for 24 hours. Place them in a room that gets air or outside on your porch so they can dry.
After 24 hours, use a paintbrush to apply the finisher in one direction. Leave them for another 24 hours to dry. Before wearing these shoes again, use shoe cream and polish to make the leather softer and shiny again.
Do not rush the drying process. It can take up to 24 hours, but it will be much better if you do not cut this time short. If you are mixing different colors for a custom hue, make enough of each color to have it for both shoes.
How to Paint Your Shoes with Acrylic Paint
How to Paint Running Shoes
You can make your own shoes from running shoes. You will need a damp cloth, some fine-grit sandpaper, two brushes, and some paint. First, use the brushes to cover the shoe with paint.
Then use the damp cloth to remove any excess paint from the brush. Repeat this process until you have made a design on your shoe that you like! Seal your shoes with a sealing spray meant for acrylic paint and spray when you are done painting them!
To clean your shoes, dampen a cloth and then wipe your shoes clean by removing any dirt or dust. Let them dry.
If you shoe is leather, use sandpaper with a fine grit to roughen up the surface so that the paint will adhere better. If it is canvas, skip this step.
Now you are ready to apply paint! You can start with lighter colors and work towards darker ones if you want more detail in your painting, or start with dark colors for simpler painting techniques like starting from the background of the painting and working into details on top of it (spreading it out). Use a fine-bristled brush for detailed work.
How to Paint Toms Shoes
To paint Vans, Converse or Toms shoes, you will need to start with a good surface. You can use any kind of paper. If you want detailed designs, then draw your shoe first on the paper and put what you are painting in the corner so that you can see it while working.
Then use pencils or markers to sketch it on your shoe with detail. When the guide is ready, start applying color by using different sized brushes for small details and big ones for backgrounds and filling in spaces. Remember not to apply too much color at once with thin layers of paint!
If you have a hard time with your design, don’t give up! Keep going and follow the instructions. When you finish, use a protective spray to keep it from getting ruined by water.
Is Acrylic Paint Permanent
Acrylic paint is permanent. So before you put it on your shoe, make sure that you want it to stay there for its life. If you are not sure, wash it off when the paint is still wet.
You can also use acrylic paint on old shoes to give them a new life. This way, they will last longer and then you can wear them until they are done for good!
Is Acrylic Paint Waterproof
Acrylic paint is not waterproof. It may be water-resistant. If you spray the paint with a waterproof spray, it will be safe to wear your shoes on rainy days.
What Shoes Are Best for Acrylic Paint
The best shoes to use with acrylic paint are canvas shoes. But you can also paint leather or fabric shoes with this paint. Just make sure to read the instructions on the bottle. And don’t use it on new leather or fabric shoes, or they’ll get ruined! Canvas is best for soaking up the paint.
Why Does Acrylic Paint Crack on Shoes
Yes, acrylic paint will crack on the shoe. But you can do these three things to prevent it:
1. Clean and dry the shoes really well first
2. Add paint layers that are thin and wait when each layer is dry before adding another one
3. Seal your paint
Acrylic paint can crack when it is too thick. This is because the paint will move and try to go back to its original form. The problem with this is that if the paint goes back, then you will see cracks on your shoes. Make sure to use thin acrylic paints so they don’t crack.
How to Prevent Sneakers from Cracking
When you walk in your shoes, they will start to crack. This happens because the shoe is flexing every time you take a step. These are some things that can help:
Buy softer insoles for your shoes, which will not making shoe flex with every step and instead absorb weight.
Try not to leave the shoes in a room with low humidity—40% is good. Humidifier is great to use if you need it.
Also, make sure to maintain your shoes with leather or material—if they feel stiff or dry, try treating them with water and conditioner and then letting them dry all day before wearing them again.
Now you have learned what to do to prevent your paint stay on your shoes and not crack. If you follow the above-mentioned tips, you can have nice-looking shoes in no time. Painting shoes is fun as well, and it’s easy to fix old shoes too. It can be done with kids too! You can paint rubber without cracking if you do this in the oven.