How to Paint Nike Air Force Ones

Nike Air Force Ones can easily be customized, particularly by painting them. Because the shoes are leather, they require a specific treatment process so the paint sticks to your shoes and lasts a long time. Acrylic paints are your best option for painting on leather and they dry quickly. Decorating Nike Air Force Ones is inexpensive and there are a wide range of color options.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap

  • Soft cloth

  • Fine grade sandpaper

  • Acrylic paint

  • Fine paint brush

  • Water resistant shoe spray

Step 1

Clean a pair of Nike Air Force Ones using dish detergent diluted in water and a soft cloth. Let them dry.

Step 2

Use a fine grade sandpaper to remove the protective finish from the parts of the Nike Air Force Ones that you plan to paint.

Step 3

Paint small white dots of acrylic paint with a fine brush on sections you want to paint. Leave space between the dots. This is part of preparation a blank canvas for you to paint on.

Step 4

Fill in the spaces between the dots with more white spots. Only do this after the initial dots have dried. When the area you wish to paint is fully white and dry, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Step 5

Paint any design you like with acrylic paint and a paintbrush. Because you prepared the Nike Air Force Ones by sanding and applying white paint, your designs should adhere for a long time.

Step 6

Apply a water resistant coating of show spray to your shoes, as directed on the bottle. Let the coating dry before you wear your custom Nike Air Force Ones.

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