Picture of How To customize Kicks (Paint Shoes) the Mofoz Visualz Way
This instructable will show you how to paint sneakers, customize kicks, the Mofoz Visualz Way. This instructional is applicable with all leather shoes/boots.

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Step 1: Step 1 :Preparing a Sneaker/Shoe for paint

Picture of Step 1 :Preparing a Sneaker/Shoe for paint
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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liatuk1 year ago

do you customize other people shoes as well?

mofozvisualz (author)  liatuk1 month ago

yes, email order@mofozvisualz.com

Can you custom all white huaraches into all dark purple?
I do custom shoes for people email me if you're interested chendrickswifey@gmail.com
does the cost depend on the design?
Nwgc401 month ago
I have a pair of air forces that I let someone airbrush , which is the whole shoe and they cracked and I was wondering if that can be hand painted over
mofozvisualz (author)  Nwgc401 month ago

Honestly it would probably have to be cleaned down pretty good using the same prep methods as stated in the instructable. Depending on what kind of paint was used, it may clean off pretty easy with the use of acetate.

Exscuse me what are the coats?
Do u thin your paint before you put the paint threw the air brush?
mofozvisualz (author)  shane.mcguinees1 month ago

sometimes, depending on thickness, but most of the time, right out of the jar will work.

What kind of paint do u use
BaeBae24 months ago
What paint you use because my paint won't stick
mofozvisualz (author)  BaeBae21 month ago

Angelus leather paint, although be sure to properly prep the sneakers for paint, that could also be part of the problem. It's explained in the instructable.

Swagg117 months ago
What type of airbrush kit did you get
mofozvisualz (author)  Swagg111 month ago

i first started with a cheap one, which is okay if you are masking and sprayiong larger fill areas, but if you want detail and precision i recommend Iwata Revolution series.

cool guy, do you have a store?
mofozvisualz (author)  mypaintedshoes1 month ago

nope, but we have a website www.mofozvisualz.com

Fancy Kickz made it!3 months ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful guide! I was able to paint these sneakers, sadly I lost the shoelaces to them. These are the resluts.

mofozvisualz (author)  Fancy Kickz1 month ago

pretty boss, nice detail. I like the gold used in the helmet, metallics are pretty tricky, as they are usually pretty thin, and need more coats/patience.

oli couts3 months ago
Who can make these
mofozvisualz (author)  oli couts1 month ago

Anyone with some time and paint.

oli couts3 months ago
Who can make my huaraches
DIYDragon5 months ago

Wow, nice job. I really want to customize some shoes now. I think I might have to buy another pair though. I don't have any that are white right now. xD Nice job dude.

DIYDragon5 months ago

Wow, nice job. I really want to customize some shoes now. I think I might have to buy another pair though. I don't have any that are white right now. xD Nice job dude.

LubnaA17 months ago

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LibaR8 months ago

hi welcome to this article and buy low price shoes and comfortable footwear i like this very much


LibaR8 months ago

hi wellcome to this article and buy low price shoes and comfortable footweare ilike thsi very much


blade.durso11 months ago

Where can I get an airbrush and can I get a metallic gold paint for these?

Dopest_KICKS11 months ago

what type of air brush did you use and, how did it cost?

gluvit1 year ago
Love it
Fresh_Pair2 years ago
How you mixed ur paint wit and do u know how to remove clear from elephant print
John3453 years ago
Hi, I was wondering how to paint the midsole and outer sole of the sneaker, thanks!
reindeer303 years ago
What air force 1 shoes did you use? are they the Ari force 1 mids?
adammorin3 years 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).
Ls9113 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
Ls9113 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)  Ls9113 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.
chris991634 years ago
Can i paint over a darker colored shoe?
chris991634 years ago
ok thank you
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