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How To customize Kicks (Paint Shoes) the Mofoz Visualz Way

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This instructable will show you how to paint sneakers, customize kicks, the Mofoz Visualz Way. This instructional is applicable with all leather shoes/boots.

For more pictures of this project and more info on Mofoz Visualz custom apparel...visit
http://mofozvisualz.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-customize-kicks-mofoz-visualz.html
 
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Step 1: Step 1 :Preparing a Sneaker/Shoe for paint

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Here's what you need: Acetate (Nail Polish Remover), Cotton Swabs, Q-tips, Fine line brush, medium line brush, Professional leather paint (mostly can only be found online), Soft Painters Tape, Acrylic finisher (Sealant), Airbrush (our preference) and about 15 hours.


Step 1:
Take off laces and clean shoe with cotton balls dipped in nail polish remover. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT step in customizing. As you rub the doused cotton balls over the shoe, you will notice that there is a clear build up that comes off the shoe-thats the idea. Essentially, this step is to remove the "clear coat" that most manufacturers spray on their shoes to protect them. It's a must to remove this so that the paint will bond directly to the leather as opposed to the clear coat.

If the clear coat is left , chances are that the paint will crack after some wear.

I like to go over the shoe at least 3 good times. If you want to go that extra step, use doused q-tips to get into the hard edges and sections.

Let dry/evaporate for at least 30 minutes before painting.

NOTE: If you are painting on colored leather, be careful and rub lighly, as you may go too far and discolor some parts of leather, you may not be planning on painting over.
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Fresh_Pair7 months ago
How you mixed ur paint wit and do u know how to remove clear from elephant print
mypaintedshoes11 months ago
cool guy, do you have a store?
John3451 year ago
Hi, I was wondering how to paint the midsole and outer sole of the sneaker, thanks!
reindeer301 year ago
What air force 1 shoes did you use? are they the Ari force 1 mids?
Do u thin your paint before you put the paint threw the air brush?
adammorin1 year ago
Do you guys have any tips for painting the sole or the swoosh? I know the swoosh is the same materials as the rest of the shoe, but the sole is rubber, and I don't know if the leather paint would bond as well (if at all).
Ls9112 years ago
okay thanks . is angelus better than createx and do i have to use a angelus finisher with angelus paint or could i use a createx finisher im customizing foamposites
Ls9112 years ago
what kind of sealent do you recommend? ( an exact name ) i can not find any accept for spray paints .. should i use a spray paint or use the airbrush for the sealent and do i even need sealent?
mofozvisualz (author)  Ls9112 years ago
I use angelus brand paint sealnt, they sell it in various glosses. I generally airbrush it over the painted parts of the shoe as well to avoid any brushmarks or stray hairs from brushes mess with the continuity of the gloss.
chris991633 years ago
Can i paint over a darker colored shoe?
chris991633 years ago
ok thank you
chris991633 years ago
So this might be a stupid question, but does the leather paint go right into the airbrush? or do i do something different?
mofozvisualz (author)  chris991633 years ago
yup- the leather paint essentially is an acrylic with added something to make it flexible. Most of the paint ive used is good enough to put right through the airbrush without having to thin it.
!revenge!3 years ago
lol, I was in school today. and I got so bored I just took off my old shoes and just started drawing on them with a permanent marker xD, it failed so hard but I don't care
threadbare4 years ago
What kind of paint is best for custom painting sneaks? I'm going to custom paint a pair and I want it to last a long time.
mofozvisualz (author)  threadbare4 years ago
Its extremely hard to find "local" stores that carry leather specific paint. Ive bought all my paint online..brands ive used include Angelus, Hook Up (no longer made), and Sole Junkie.


Some customizers mix their own...but im not sure what they ad to make the paint flexible...someone should write an instructable on that.
Molotow, the graffitti company, says that their (and I guess all) acrylic paint can be mixed with 1 to 3% of aceton in order to paint leather.

I haven't tried it though.
I think I'm going to try Angelus, that's the one that I've hear of before. Thanks.
okay. this is ganna sound a little dumb to me but, does it have to be an all white shoe? i have the same air forces, but the swoosh and the out sole are black. can i just layer over the black? this is a really good instructable and i hope that it will help me. btw, do you have one that i can use for my chucks?
mofozvisualz (author)  xXsome_guyXx3 years ago
The shoes do not have to be all white to begin with, however, it may take more coats to paint a lighter shade. If you are going to paint lets say a black leather with the same amount of yellow coats on these shoes, then it may not have that bright of a shade. Id recommend painting a thin coat or two of white first, if you are intending a stark contrast.

For example- check these pics of our custom "Dia de Los Dunks" .I painted a yellow floral pattern on the swoosh. I wanted the yellow to be just as vibrant as it was on the white portion of the shoe (outline of characters). In doing this I first pinted the floral patter with roughly 3-4 coats of white, this insured thatthe yellow would really pop off the blue instead of it being subdued into it.
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toogers4 years ago
nice! they look like bananasplit kicks.
threadbare4 years ago
Are the Angelus paints mixable to make new colors? If I buy the primary colors are they true primary colors and don't turn muddy? Thanks.
mofozvisualz (author)  threadbare4 years ago
they are pretty true..easy to mix.
Thanks so much for your help. I think I'll just buy the primary colors and mix the colors I want myself. It seems stupid to buy orange and turquoise if I can mix them myself. I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go along. Thanks so much for your help.
mofozvisualz (author)  threadbare4 years ago
no doubt--the only good reason to have the different colors is if you are painting large fills of the sneaker...its easy to touch them up if scuffed if you have the exact color..as opposed to trying to mix it up...but other than that..yeah having a good amount of primary colors is essential..also large amount of black and white is good to have.

metallics are cool to play with also..they are hard to brush on being that they are pretty opaque, but great for airbrushing or mixing small amounts into colors to have them sparkle a bit
Cann0n4 years ago
Nice. Great job dude. I keep all my old sneakers. I should restore them. Thanks
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