Introduction: Converse Roller Blades
If you want to do the same, you will need:
- An old pair of roller blades
- White Acrylic paint
- Painters tape/ masking tape
- Silver & Black sharpies
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Step 1: Step 1: Base Color
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
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!
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
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:
- Converse style logo: White acrylic painted circle, drawn on with green, black, and silver sharpies
- Stitching: Drawn on with black sharpie
- Hardware: Two small circles drawn with silver sharpie