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post #196 of 1087
vinegar would make sense against the bleach, being acid and all that.
post #197 of 1087
Decided to try this out on some jeans I don't wear first. Started off with this wash. Now: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Edit: One shot in the last sliver of sunlight left today:
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Edited by tomorrowstars - 8/22/11 at 5:20pm
post #198 of 1087
Hey does anyone know of a good way to try and turn the copper rivets on a pair of jeans black and not sloppy with tons of paint etc. (specifics would be most helpful) Need some good advice because I want this pair of samurai's black but want the rivets black like on the black knight edition Please help smile.gif
post #199 of 1087
multiple coats of black sharpie? Burn it with a lighter? Sandpaper? All three?
post #200 of 1087
Painted German Army Trainers

Obviously this is pretty easy, and not very hard to figure out, but this is how I did it. I just had some year old beat to shit sneakers that I wanted to give new life since I am going to get a new pair of the originals anyways.


Washing the shoes. This removes all of the oils, dirt, shit or whatever that is on the leather and will keep the paint from adhering properly.

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Drying the shoes. This can be done outside with a hair dryer or inside a clothes dryer if you have a special attachment.

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Once they are dry it is a good time to fix any detached parts of the sole with some shoe goo.

Painting prep. Once the glue is dry go ahead and use some sandpaper all over the shoes. Don't worry about ruining the leather; you probably won't and you are going to paint them anyway.

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Mix your paints. I would not recommend using anything but acrylic to paint. I mixed maybe an 1/8 cup of water with a generous amount of paint and a little squirt of white. If I were to do this again I would add a little more water.

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Painting. Pretty self explanatory, just go crazy and experiment. I used a gesso brush for this part, but you could use one of those cheap foam brushes as well. I would not recommend using anything smaller and a 3/4" brush. If you want to do a second coat, always let the first one dry completely. Make sure you get out any globs of paint while the paint is still wet

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That's pretty much it!

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post #201 of 1087
I think I am going to try this on a pair I have with some white paint. Thanks for the write up.
post #202 of 1087
That's cool. Are you going to try and wear them theom, or just experimenting? Thanks for posting
post #203 of 1087
I'll definitely wear them. If anything they'll just become gym shoes or something, but I actually really really like how they turned out. I just need to put some new laces in and I'm set.
post #204 of 1087
They look good. In the pics they look very much what you'd expect a pair of MMM's to look like if they'd ever done a black version. Good work
post #205 of 1087
They did do a black version?

the only thing I messed up on was a bit too much paint on the soles.
post #206 of 1087
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Originally Posted by theom- View Post

They did do a black version?

the only thing I messed up on was a bit too much paint on the soles.

Nope, a black version was never made to my knowledge. Could be wrong though. On my painteds the white paint chipped off the sole entirely after one week. Maybe it will come off yours a bit too after it sits in the sun or something..
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post #207 of 1087
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Nope, a black version was never made to my knowledge. Could be wrong though.
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Black ones in the back
post #208 of 1087
the black was exclusive to barneys, as were the other OG painted
post #209 of 1087
Nice, hadn't seen those
post #210 of 1087
How would I go about dyeing a button down shirt? I have a few beater oxfords I feel like fucking up. Suggestions?
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