Since I was making a 60-second promo video for the upcoming release of our Online Video Workshop, Sassy Feet 101, I thought I would take a moment to re-cap for you some shoe painting basics. Margot & I do the basics steps so often, it becomes second nature, but if you're new to this blog, you need this information!
PREPPING YOUR 'CANVAS' This step is the most important one, so DO NOT SKIP IT! You need to remove any dirt or manufacturer's coating or else your paint won't stick. If your shoe or bag is LEATHER, use a little bit of RUBBING ALCOHOL on a cotton ball and rub gently. If it's MANMADE LEATHER, use 100% ACETONE. FABRIC requires no real prep, just dust it off and spot treat any oily stains. Tip: Faux suede is actually a type of fabric, so prep it that way.
FIRST COAT & SECOND COATSApply your Lumiere paint or Neopaque paint gently, with a medium or large FAN BRUSH. Instinct will make you gravitate toward a square-tip brush but these are not quite soft enough for anything but painting up to the edge of an area. In general, your results will be much better with the fan brush: The paint will go on in a wide smooth swathe. Use soft, parallel strokes, as if you were applying nail polish. Don't go all Picasso or you'll end up with streaks and runs.
TWO OR EVEN THREE LIGHTER COATS WORK BETTER THAN ONE HEAVY ONE! Your first coat will not look that good, but keep the faith. Two or three lighter coats are usually enough for a perfect finish. Allow each coat to dry to the touch before applying another.
SEALINGThe manufacturer, Jacquard, recommends you seal your shoes with an acrylic sealer. This doesn't help the paint stick, but it does give an added layer of protection. Plus, it makes your shoes look shiny and new. Once the paint is dry to the touch, apply the sealer with the fan brush. You only need one thin coat.
DRYING/CURINGNow that your shoes are painted and sealed, you will be sorely tempted to throw them on and show them off. Refrain! It takes 72 hours (3 days) for the paint to fully cure so that it is well and truly bonded to the surface of the shoe. Have we ever played fast-and-loose with this rule? Yes. BUT, this is a sensitive time in your newly adorned shoe's life, and it is at great risk to peeling and cracking. Play it safe and wait.
If you want to watch our YouTube video for a detailed (12 minutes) visual version of what I just explained, here it is.
Hey, you're probably saying, what about that online video workshop on painting and glittering shoes?? We'll tell you all about Sassy Feet 101 and give you a link to subscribe to it in our next post. Stay tuned!