Introduction: Converse Roller Blades

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I had a pair of roller blades lying around which I never wore because they were not very attractive, so I decided to make them cool.
If you want to do the same, you will need:
  1. An old pair of roller blades
  2. White Acrylic paint
  3. Painters tape/ masking tape
  4. Silver & Black sharpies

Step 1: Step 1: Base Color

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My roller blades happen to be all green, so to prep them, I cleaned, dried, and lightly sanded them. If yours are not solidly colored, you may want to paint them after prepping. (I used Acrylic paint and Sharpies for all of my detailing.)

Step 2: Step 2: Tape Off the White Detailing

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Everyone knows the white tip and trim are the signature for the Converse sneaker look, so this is a very important step! The more care you take to make your tape lie straight and in the pattern of the sneaker, the better your results will be. I used blue painter's tape, then thinner patterned tape (with equivalent sticky-ness, and water proof-ness) to make the lines more exact.

Step 3: Paint!

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I used Acrylic paint in my project and found that it has held up well (after 4 outdoor test drives). That being said, I GLOBBBED it on. And if you take this approach, I warn you that it takes a very long time to dry. Never the less, I recommend that you work in sections (I did the front, then the sides) and be patient!

Step 4: Step 4: Put in the Details

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Once the paint is completely dry, peel off the tape.
Your skates should already look pretty kickin' but the more details you put on, the cooler they are going to look. I jazzed mined up with:
  1. Converse style logo: White acrylic painted circle, drawn on with green, black, and silver sharpies 
  2. Stitching: Drawn on with black sharpie 
  3. Hardware: Two small circles drawn with silver sharpie
I like the classic old school high top look but you can make these as fun as you want! It helps to look at a real sneaker or a picture of one (especially for drawing the stitching).


Kiteman (author)2012-07-15

Haha, this is a great idea - when I saw the thumbnail, I thought you'd bolted wheels onto a real pair of Converse!

eitaknella18 (author)Kiteman2016-03-13

So did I!!

BarginsTech (author)Kiteman2012-08-06

I did too!! I was like oh cooool!!! :D

alliehernandez (author)Kiteman2012-07-27

I take that as a huge compliment!

Kiteman (author)alliehernandez2012-07-27

Please, do.

chuckyd (author)2012-07-22

Several thin coats are better than one thick coat. There's a label on every paint can that tells you that.

alliehernandez (author)chuckyd2012-07-27

VERY true! I am just not very patient.

Jayefuu (author)2012-07-22

Miss Cerqueira sent me to look :D Nice work!

aarghdanii (author)2012-07-19

i think i have to make an instructable on how we cut real shoes back in the day and attached them to our skates to get proper puffed look:)
ah memories:)

destructopop (author)aarghdanii2012-07-19

That's what I wanna know. :)

ilpug (author)2012-07-16

Swap in white laces and it would be great!

cerqueic (author)2012-07-15

I'd like to see some pictures of these in action.

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