Give props to Cocolo2k for posting the link. I just came across it myself early this morning. Not really anything new but for those who are just starting to paint their shoes its good stuff.
And for the record the paint mixture is pretty good. I've been testing it out for the past few weeks (recently painted some AND1 silky smooths and have been playing ball in 'em to test the durability) and the only thing I'm looking for right now is a better base paint to mix with.
I talk to sumbody who paints and he says if the paint looks to thick on the shoe then u need to add more acetone...ummm put a little bit of alchohol into it also to make it look smoother...We dont need any of them dudes just keeep the post goin with useful advice
I used sum rubbing alcohol in my mix of paint when i painted my tmacs awhile back. I got sum cheap arcylic paint (deltaceramcoat from walmart), mixed in acetone and a lil rubbing alcohol. The paint becomes flexible and thin, and will dry VERY fast (due to the acetone). It sticks quite nicely and holds up well. I'd make sure you have at least 4 coats of paint
Also, I painted and old pair of tennis shoes w/ this mixture awhile back, and the paint does hold up nicely, especially right where the toe creases.
So far this mixture has worked for alot of people, so i dont understand why other ppl who paint kicks are afraid to share their advice. I mean even if meth told me his secrets, I could never replicate what he does
Yeah the paint does dry pretty quickly but I thought it was because of the rubbing alcohol. I noticed flexibility after applying 2-3 thin coats. You could actually press down pretty hard on the shoe and the paint would actually crease with the shoe. I would also like to note that this paint mixture doesn't really chip but it may tear due to lot of creasing and stress depending on the number of coats. I've experienced this with my silky smooths but keep in mind that I only applied 2 thin coats on those and I actually played ball in 'em. I used cheap Folksart acrylic paint at Wal-Mart as the base paint.
i did a complete different way... guess i read wrong and didn't remember correctly... :\
man... i stripped the first layer of the paint that was on there with Acetone... then i painted the paint normally for about 5 or 6 coats... then i put 2 layers of sealer on... so far, they holding up... i took some steps in them and nothing has happened... any advice what i could do now to make them any better??
^^^ what you could try, is to get a rag w/ a little alcohol and acetone (not much), and just rub the paint you just applied. It will take a little off, but it should smooth it out and make the outermost layer a little flexible. But if its holding up as is, dont mess with it.
The etherNYC guide says to use a 5:2 paint to acetone mix.
I would say thats about good. Just test it out and keep mixing til u get a good consistency. As for the rubbing alcohol, i usually add about half as much alcohol as i did acetone. It really helps smooths out the paint.
I also wanted to note that I didn't wipe down the silky smooths with acetone before I applied the paint like I should have. If I did, the paint job would have been even more durable. And when it comes to mixing the paint and other materials only mix enough to do the job. The less paint you have to start with the easier it is to determine how much of acetone and alcohol to use.