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Need Ideas? Check Out These Great Customs

Coming up with ideas for your next pair of customs isn't always easy.

If you need some inspiration for your next project, check out these amazing customs to get the ideas flowing.

Mighty Ducks Customs

(source: @wallychamp15)

It's knuckle puck time!

Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 designed these customs dedicated to the iconic Mighty Ducks.

If you're not sure what to do for your next pair of customs, try creating a pair dedicated to your favorite sports team, fictional or otherwise.

Bulls Custom Jordans

(source: @astrotorfcustoms)

If you're going to customize a pair of Jordans, it only makes sense to dedicate them to the man's team.

Sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms customized these Jordans, featuring the Bulls logo on top of the classic red, white, and black color scheme.

Floral AF1

(source: @kendrascustoms)

Is there anything better than a clean floral design? The answer is no.

These black AF1s, designed by sponsored artist @kendrascustoms, feature a clean pink floral pattern on top of the classic Air Force silhouette.

Grab some pink paint to try your hand at this design.

Jordan 12 Galaxy

(source: @truebluecustoms)

This next pair of customs is truly out of this world (sorry).

Sponsored artist @truebluecustoms killed it with these Jordan "Galaxy" 12s, featuring a monochrome purple color scheme and an upper designed to look like outer space.

If you want to get started on your own similar pair of customs, start by grabbing a purple galaxy kit.

SpongeBob Kyrie 5

(source: @customicasso)

Need a little more help getting started on your next project? We've got you covered.

Miles Costales (@customicasso) stopped by the Angelus studio to create a new tutorial to show you how to create this pair of Larry the Lobster Kyrie 5s.

To see the materials and techniques used to create these customs, make sure to check out the full tutorial over on our YouTube channel.

Hopefully, these creative customs were enough to help you get some ideas for your next project.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram for more customs like these, and make sure to check out our website to grab the materials you need for your next pair of customs.

How to Repair Scuffs & Scratches

How to Repair Scuffs and Scratches | Jordan 1 Black Toe Restoration | Angelus Paint

No matter what precautions you take, your customs are bound to get some scuffs and scratches over time.

Fortunately, though, a few scratched aren't the end of the world. With a few useful products, you can restore your customs to like-new condition in no time.

Sal Aceves, AKA @Salthesneakerhead, stopped by the Angelus studio to show you how to easily repair scuffs and scratches, using an old pair of Jordan 1 "Black Toe" beaters as an example.

Keep reading to see how you can mend your damaged customs in just a few simple steps.

Angelus Easy Cleaner

First thing's first, you're going to want to start off by getting those customs nice and clean.

Using the Angelus Easy Cleaner Kit, pour some Easy Cleaner into a bowl, dilute it with a little bit of water, and use a brush to gently scrub your shoes to get rid of any dirt. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dirt without damaging the shoe.

Repeat this process as many times as you need to ensure that the entire shoe is completely clean.

Sandpaper

Before you start painting, you need to sand down the scuffs to create a smooth surface.

Start with 600-grit sandpaper before moving onto 800-grit. Then, use 3,000-grit sandpaper to finish things off and create a completely smooth finish. This way, the paint will stick to the surface and you won't be able to notice the scuffs through the paint.

Then, use some Leather Preparer and Deglazer to prepare the area before painting.

Airbrush

Now, it's time to start painting.

For this pair of 2016 "Black Toe" 1s, Sal used a mixture of about 60% Red, 10% White, and 30% Varsity Collector Edition.

Of course, if you're painting a different shoe, use a mixture that matches the color of your customs.

Once you get the mixture right, pour the paint into your airbrush to get started. If your paint is thick, use a little bit of 2-Thin as you see fit.

Using your airbrush, apply multiple thin coats of paint to your shoe, allowing each layer to completely dry before moving onto the next.

To fix the scuff, apply a little bit of extra paint over the affected area, and use 3,000-grit sandpaper to work the paint into the scuff.

Touch Ups

After painting, use a Q-Tip to paint over any small scuffs or scratches on the rest of the shoe.

Small scratches don't need to be completely repainted, so this will save you some time and paint without sacrificing the quality of the final product.

Lustre Cream

Next, you can apply some Lustre Cream to help bring out the original color of the shoe. Apply with a microfiber cloth and wipe away any excess with a brush.

Use Neutral Lustre Cream for lighter colors and Black Lustre Cream for any black sections of the shoes.

This will help you avoid having to repaint sections that aren't damaged.

Sole Bright

To restore the quality of your soles, use a brush to apply Sole Bright along the sole. Sole Bright gets rid of any yellow tint that has developed over time.

This product can cause damage to and dry out the leather, so be sure to tape off the upper before applying the Sole Bright.

After applying, wrap your shoes in some saran wrap and set them out in the sun for best results.

Acrylic Finisher

Lastly, Sal used a mixture of Matte Finisher and Duller to protect the paint from scratches and to give the shoes a finished look.

Simply use a brush to apply a layer of the finisher and use a heat gun to set it.

After Photo

That's all there is to it! By following these steps, you can have your customs looking new in no time.

For a more detailed walkthrough, make sure to check out Sal's full tutorial on our YouTube channel, and don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more customs and tutorials like this one.

DIY Halloween Costume Tutorial

DIY Halloween Costume

If you're still looking for the perfect Halloween costume, why not try making it yourself?

To help you get ready for Halloween, Bryan Phillips (@swellguycustoms) stopped by to show you how to make a custom pair of Joker Vans, a custom mask, and a pumpkin.

Keep reading to see how to make these customs for yourself, and make sure to check out the full video for a more in-depth walkthrough.

Painting Canvas

To start, you're going to want to paint the upper-mid section of your Sk8-His in the same color as Joker's vest.

Blend Buttercup and Yellow paint with an equal amount of 2-Soft. 2-Soft thins out the paint mixture so that it soaks into the canvas without making the shoe stiff.

Once you finish painting this section, use a heat gun at 300 degrees to set the paint on the canvas.

Red Toe Cap

Next, use a mixture of Raspberry, Red, and 2-Soft to paint the canvas toecap and tongue.

Just like before, you're going to want to use a heat gun to make sure the paint sets before moving on.

Painting Leather

For the last color, use a mixture of Green, White, and Collector Edition Aqua 8. Use this mixture to paint the Vans wave and the inside of the shoe.

Important: Since these areas of the shoe are leather, use some Leather Preparer and Deglazer before painting to ensure the paint sticks and looks good.

Painting the Side of the Shoe 

For the final touch, use some Fire Red paint to add some iconic Joker lines to the side of your custom Vans. This last detail will make your customs truly represent the Joker.

For this pair, Bryan went with "Put on a happy face," but you can do whichever line you want.

Joker Pumpkin

These custom Joker Vans are amazing on their own, but if you want to see how you can complete your costume and decorations, be sure to check out Bryan's full tutorial to see how you can make your own Joker-themed Halloween mask and pumpkin.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram for more great customs and tutorials, and be sure to stop by our online store to pick up the materials you need to create your custom Halloween costume.

How to Paint a Denim Jacket in 5 Steps

Most of you are probably using our products to pain custom sneakers, but there's a whole lot more you can do with Angelus paints.

To show you how you can use Angelus paints to create customs from other materials, Jamil Austin (@ill__customz) stopped by the studio to demonstrate how to paint a denim jacket in 5 easy steps.

Keep reading to see how you can create your own custom jacket, and make sure to check out the full tutorial on our YouTube channel.

Step 1: Prep & Clean

Prep and clean

Just like customizing a pair of shoes, you want to start off by prepping and cleaning the surface of your denim jacket.

Grab a cleaning brush to wipe off any dirt and debris. You can also use masking tape to pull off debris that doesn't come off with the brush.

This step will help make sure the paint can adhere to the surface of the jacket.

Step 2: 2-Soft

2-Soft

Next, mix some flat white paint with Angelus 2-Soft for the base coat. You can do a rough sketch of your design with a pencil to use as a stencil for the base coat.

We recommend using a 1:1 ratio of 2-Soft and paint for fabric materials like denim. This will help your paint adhere to the denim without making it stiff.

After putting down the base coat, heat-set using a heat gun at 300 degrees for three to five minutes. 

Step 3: Sketch

Sketch

After heat-setting the base coat, use a pencil to sketch the rest of your design. This step will help you avoid mistakes when painting, which are harder to correct.

Step 4: Paint

Paint

Once you're happy with your sketch, it's time to start painting your custom jacket -- just like you would for a pair of custom sneakers.

Make sure to only apply paint on top of the 2-Soft base coat in order to avoid making the fabric stiff and rigid. (Note: 2-Soft isn't necessary for small detail work.)

Step 5: Protective Coating

Protective Coating

After you finish painting, all that's left is to add a protective coating to help make sure your design lasts.

Grab a can of Water & Stain Repellent and apply an even coat over any areas that you painted. 

Rick & Morty Jacket

That's all there is to it. By following these steps, you can use your custom talents to create custom clothing and accessories.

If you want to follow along with @ill__customz to see how he made this Rick & Morty design, be sure to check out the full tutorial over on YouTube. And don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more custom projects like this.

New Customs to Start the Week

Need ideas for your next pair of customs?

Check out these customs from some of our sponsored artists to see some of the designs you can create with Angelus paints.

LeBron Lakers Custom
(source:  @wallychamp15)

Who's ready for the Lake Show?

The NBA preseason starts this week, which means we're about to get a glimpse of some of the insane duos that formed this offseason.

Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 designed these custom LeBrons which features King James alongside some Lakers legends.

Get ready for the Lakers season by picking up some purple and gold paint to make your own Lakers customs.

Back to the Future Cleats
(source:  @truebluecustoms)

If our calculations are correct, when these babies hit 88 miles per hour, you're going to see some serious...⁠ You know the rest.

Sponsored artist  @truebluecustoms made these custom Back to the Future Cleats, inspired by the classic Nike Mag.

Comic Book Customs

Disney's getting ready to launch its own streaming service next month, which means we're going to be getting some new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

National Comic Book Day just passed, and sponsored artist @dejesuscustomfootwear designed these custom Jordans for the occasion.

Which of these heroes is your favorite? Try designing your own customs dedicated to your favorite Marvel character.

Welcome Home Air Force 1
(source:  @bbizon)

It's always good to see some customs that deviate from the standard red, white, blue, and black colorways.

Sponsored artist @bbizon designed these "Welcome Home" Air Force 1s for @aries, featuring a clean rainbow pastel color scheme.

Grab an assortment kit to try your hand at making a similar pair of customs.

Chucky Cleats
(source:  @mache275)

Halloween's still a few weeks away, but there's no reason you can't start getting ready for it now.

These custom Chucky cleats, designed by sponsored artist @mache275, are the perfect pair of cleats to wear on the field this October.

Remember to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more customs like these and check out our online store to get the materials you need for your next project.