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Tips for Painting Detailed Designs

It's one thing to simply give your kicks a new colorway, but if you want to make your customs really stand out, you might want to try your hand at painting some more detailed and intricate designs.

Of course, painting detailed designs is a little more difficult than color-blocking. So, if you want to try creating some more complex customs, check out these tips for painting detailed designs.

Choose High-Quality Paint

Angelus Direct's 12 Color Assortment Kit is perfect for your custom sneaker needs.

Customizing a pair of sneakers takes a lot of time and effort, but it's only worth it  if your design doesn't fade the second you wear them out of the house. If you want your customs to look professional, you need to start by picking up some high-quality paint.

High-quality paint will create a smooth factory finish without cracking, chipping, or easily fading.

Use the Right Brushes

Angelus Micro Detail Paint Brush Set of 5

Good tools always make a big difference. If you want to create a pair of incredible custom kicks, don't use dollar store brushes.

High-quality detail paint brushes will help you paint intricate designs without leaving streak marks and jagged edges.

Start With an Outline

Premium Masking Tape

Precision is key to creating professional intricate designs, and it's hard to be precise when painting by free hand.

To make it easier to paint your design, use masking tape and a drawing pencil to create a detailed outline. After you outline your design, it's easy to paint over it to create a clean final product.

Use Stencils

Outlines are great for planning your design, but stencils are perfect for specific shapes and lettering -- especially if your design has repeating shapes. Stencils are also great for airbrush projects.

You can buy pre-made stencils or cut your own using a detail knife. Then, you can use them to paint some of the finer details in your design.

Protect Your Customs

Angeluse Easy Cleaner Kit - Sneaker Cleaner

Once your customs are finished, you need to keep them in top condition. Otherwise, the paint can start to fade and crease over time.

If you want to learn how to protect your customs from damage, make sure to check out this post for some essential products and tips for cleaning to protecting your sneakers.

Don't forget to check out our Instagram to get some design inspiration, and check out our website to grab the materials you need to for your next custom project.

Angelus Holiday Gift Guide (Under $35)

The holidays are coming up fast, so if you haven't already bought gifts, it's time to stop procrastinating.

If you're not sure what to buy, we've got you covered. We offer a bunch of great gifts  under $35 for the artists in your life.

Check out this list for some great, affordable holiday gift ideas.

If you know someone new to customizing and restoring sneakers, the Angelus Starter Kit is a perfect holiday gift.

This kit includes three paints, acrylic finisher, Easy Cleaner, Leather Preparer and Deglazer, a cleaning brush, and a paintbrush set -- everything you need to get started on your first pair of customs.

If you don't need to pick up all of the essentials, the 12 Color Assortment Kit is the perfect alternative to the starter kit.

You can choose 12 colors of your choice to put in your kit, which is enough to create a variety of different combinations. Whether you're customizing your Jordans or working on a restoration, our 12 Color Assortment Kit is your best choice.

The Angelus Easy Cleaner Kit provides all the products you need for basic shoe cleaning and care.

This kit includes one bottle of Easy Cleaner, a cleaning brush, and a premium microfiber towel. Perfect for anyone looking to keep their shoes nice and clean.

Wagner’s Furno 300 is a basic heat tool designed to apply focused heat for custom projects and is an essential tool in every artist's toolbox.

Be it for speeding up drying times or setting some Angelus 2-Soft, a heat gun is an incredibly useful tool for creating customs.

Last but not least, it's hard to go wrong with a gift card. Angelus gift cards are available for $10, $20, $50, and $100.

If you're not sure what to get, grab a gift card and let your friend decide what they need.

Hopefully, this list gave you a few good ideas for affordable holiday gifts.

If you want to take a look at some other gift ideas, check out our online store for more gifts under $35. And don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram to see how you can use these gifts to create some amazing pairs of customs.

How to Customize a Skateboard Deck

How to Customize a Skateboard

Angelus paints and dyes aren't just for sneakers. Clothes, furniture, accessories, and skateboards are just a few of the other things you can customize with Angelus paints.

Bryan from Swell Guy Customs (@swellguycustoms) stopped by the Angelus studio to show you how you can easily customize your own skateboard deck with just a few techniques and materials.

Follow along with this tutorial to see how a skateboard deck can be the perfect canvas to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Sanding

Before you getting started, you need to prep the deck by sanding it down a little bit.

Skateboard decks have light coatings which can make it difficult for the deck to absorb dyes and paints.

Start with 300-grit sandpaper, then work your way up to 800-girt, then 1,500-grit, and even higher if needed to create a smooth finish.

Sand along the grain back and forth to get even coverage all across the deck.

Leather Dye

Once you're done sanding, apply some Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer to clean the surface and remove the factory finish.

 

Next, we're going to use some leather dye to stain the deck. Leather dye is a great way to create clean gradient effects on wood products.

Apply the leather dye in a color of your choice to the deck using a rag and work the dye into the deck using a circular motion.

Take your time, apply a few different coats, and make sure to get even coverage.

To create the gradient effect, use a different color dye along the edges of the deck and blend it in with the original color.

After applying the leather dye, be sure to let it completely dry before you start painting.

Paint the Deck

Once the dye is dry, it's time to start painting your own original artwork on top of the background.

For this deck, Bryan painted a deep-sea diver to go along with the nautical theme, but, of course, you can customize yours however you want.

If you want to replicate Bryan's design, make sure to check out the full tutorial to see which colors you'll need to get started.

Acrilyic Finisher

After you finish painting, you're almost there. All that's left is to apply some Acrylic Finisher to add a little bit of extra protection to the deck.

Use a cotton swab to apply a couple of layers of the Acrylic Finish to the deck. This will help create an even finish and make sure your masterpiece lasts a little bit longer than it otherwise would.

Thanks to Bryan for stopping by and creating this tutorial. Again, make sure to check out the full video for a more detailed walkthrough, and go ahead and follow @swellguycustoms on Instagram

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram as well, and make sure to check out our online store to grab the materials you need for your next custom project.

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.