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Angelus Tutorials: Chrome and Lightning Custom Trucker Hat

Angelus Direct knows that one of the best things about customs is that you can create what you can't have. Whether it's a one of a kind piece you've seen and want to recreate or a completely original idea, if you have the right supplies and skills you can create just about anything.

That's true of this custom trucker hat that features a chrome and lightning design. We'll walk you step by step through the instructions and supplies you need to recreate your own version.


-Trucker Hat

-Premium Masking Tape

-Vinyl Stencil

-Detail knife

-Transfer tape


-Angelus Flat Black Paint

-2-Thin or 2-Soft

-Angelus White Paint



-Angelus Pale Blue Paint

-Angelus Neon Bahama Blue Paint


Step 1: Tape off your hat

Prep work can be as important as the painting you do. With the right prep you can ensure you have less cleanup work to do at the end and have a flawless design. That's why it's important to tape off any areas of the hat you don't want painted with Premium Masking Tape, like the visor or mesh areas on this trucker hat.

Step 2: Create your stencil

A vinyl stencil is a versatile tool you can use to apply as simple or as complicated a design as you want with absolute precision. Simply trace the design on the vinyl stencil and cut it out using a detail knife. Transfer tape applied on top of the stencil makes it even easier to put your stencil in place. Just put the transfer tape over your vinyl stencil, remove the elements you don't need and use it to transfer the remaining design.

For this custom two stencils that are mirror images of each other are used to work on each part of the area that's going to be painted. First the stencil with the letters is applied so the background can be painted first.


Step 3: Airbrush the background

There are many designs where an airbrush is essential and this is one of them. First a background is applied in flat black. Mix a 1:1 ratio of 2-Thin with the black so the paint moves through the airbrush easily. You could also use 2-Soft here, which will also help thin the paint while keeping the painted fabric soft, just remember it has to be heat set after.

Once you've applied several thin coats that have fully dried in between each painting you can remove the stencil.

Step 4: Airbrush the text

It's now time to apply the stencil that revels the letters so the text can be painted. To create that reflective chrome look masking tape is applied over the stencil at an angle. By controlling the mist and distance at which you use the airbrush you can create a gradient effect by applying a mist of paint along the tape. Remove the masking tape and apply the same gradient look along the top. 

Outline the top and sides of the letters in white to help the text stand out. 


Step 5: Painting the lightning

Use a pencil to applying the lightning pattern by drawing squiggling lines in random patterns over the background. Then outline all the lightning by painting it white. Go over each painted lightning strike in white with the airbrush to again create that gradient effect.

Add some color with a 50/50 ratio of Angelus Pale Blue Paint and Angelus Neon Bahama Blue Paint. Spray this custom blue over the white that has already been sprayed. Go back over the lightning in white paint to finish off the effect.

Remove the tape and you have your own lightning and chrome effect custom trucker hat!

More Custom Tutorials

If you want to see more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and techniques.

Also, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own custom designs!

Airbrush with Angelus

Whether you're a professional or create customs as a hobby, having an airbrush will take your work to the next level. That's why Angelus is excited to release the new Angelus x Grex Airbrush

The Angelus x Grex Airbrush comes with everything you need, including:

  • Airbrush w/ 5mm Nozzle & Comfort Grip
  • Airbrush Compressor
  • 6' Nylon braided air hose
  • Airbrush Holder - fits two airbrushes

With an ergonomic grip, this airbrush provides improved comfort and handling. Internally mixed media creates fine atomization. Interchangeable top-mounted reservoirs are easy to use and the preset adjustment knob makes for precise paint volume control. Convert to different nozzle sizes with the additional of other kits.

    Here are some airbrushing tips to get you started.

    When using older paint add some 2-Thin to make sure the consistency is correct. It should be the same thickness as milk to ensure it can flow through the airbrush needle. Run the paint through a strainer to remove any possible clumps.

    Add some white to the first coat of paint to use a primer. This will result in a more even finished product.

    Use your airbrush to apply the finish of your choice. An airbrush will help give you an even finish.

    Keep your airbrush clean with the right tools, like an Airbrush Cleaning Pot.

    Find the Angelus x Grex Airbrush Kit here and make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram to see the latest custom creations.⁠

    Angelus Tutorials: Custom Watch Bands

    There's no limit to what you can customize and leather items especially lend themselves to customization. From an everyday watch to some of the most high-end, a customized leather watch band is the perfect way to put your personal stamp on an accessory.


    -Watch bands


    -Cotton balls



    -Paint brush

    -Matte 4-Coat 

    1. Deglaze

    The first step is to prepare the leather for painting by using deglazer to remove any finish. You can use a cotton ball to apply the deglazer. 

    2. Painting and Stenciling

    Choose the design you want to apply, either by hand painting or with a stencil. Here a checker pattern stencil is applied to the band to help create a clean design. 

    Thin coats of paint, about three or four, applied with a fine brush will help create a clean look.

    For this design smiley faces in a custom yellow add some color to the black and white background. This yellow is created using flat white, yellow and orange

    When both areas are painted the stencils can be removed.

    3. Top Coat

    When the design has dried applying some Matte 4-Coat will help protect the paint and give the leather some sheen, giving it that professional, finished look. 

    You can also use any combination of brushes, air brushes and stencils, just like with any other custom.

    More Custom Tutorials

    If you want to see more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and techniques.

    Also, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own custom designs!

    Angelus Tutorials: How to Paint Smooth Gradients

    Recently Miles Costales dropped by Angelus to demo just how to create a smooth gradient. Whether you're using a gradient as a background or the main effect, doing it in an even way will give your customs that professional look.

    For this tutorial he's showing us how to create a gradient on some summer themed slides. An airbrush is an easy way to make sure the finish is smooth, but Miles is going to show us how to achieve the same effect with paint brushes

    1. Prep

    Prepare the shoe for painting by removing any finish with Leather Preparer and Deglazer. Once the finish is removed, tape off any areas that you don't want to paint.

    2. Base Coat

    Miles uses the Angelus Paint Brush #10 Shader and Angelus White Paint to create a base for his design. It takes about ten to twelves coats of white paint to get a solid base.

    3. Tape the Lines

    More tape is used to tape off the lines for this design, so there are white lines in background.

    4. Painting the Gradient

    Just as many thin layers were used to create the base coat, thin layers are key to creating an even gradient. Miles mixes his colors, in this case reds, oranges and yellows for a sunset, then applies them from left to right, working quickly while they are still wet to help them blend. Use the brush to blend between each color.

    5. Palm Tree Design

    To add the palm tree design over the gradient sunset use a stencil or paint your own design in black. Use a fine brush for this kind of detail work.

    6. Finish

    Protect your work with some Matte Acrylic Finisher and remove the tape to reveal a custom pair of sunset themed slides with a smooth gradient.

    More Custom Tutorials

    If you want to see more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and techniques.

    Also, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own custom designs!

    Airbrushing Basics


    The first step in any project is prep, which with airbrushing means getting the right supplies and taking the proper steps to make sure the rest of the painting process goes smoothly. Once you have sandpaper, a paint strainer, Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer, scouring pads and cotton balls you're ready to start.

    Lightly sanding leather shoes with a 400, 800 or 1,500 grit sandpaper will help roughen up the surface so the paint can better adhere. 

    Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer applied with a scouring pad and then a cotton ball should help further remove anything on the shoes surface. 

    Any parts of the shoe that you don't want to paint will need to be taped off. New Angelus Paints should be ready to use with an airbrush, but if you have older paint that needs to be thinned you can add 2-Thin. Try to get the paint to a milk like consistency, then put it through a strainer to make sure there are no lumps.

    Once your shoe is painted with your design, remove the tape and clean up any areas with excess paint using a toothpick. To set the design use your airbrush to apply a finisher in your desired finish.

    Click here to find all the supplies you need for your next airbrushing project.