Spray Painting Ruined Boots for a New Look!

Did you know that you can spray paint footwear? I have been wanting to try it for a while since I saw a tutorial a few months ago. I finally decided to give it a go when I got a free pair of leather boots that were mismatched in color. One had been left in the sun and had been completely bleached out. They were a beautiful style but ruined and destined for the trash so I hoped to salvage them.

Since these were leather and very worn, they were porous enough for the paint to adhere well. To start with you need to clean the shoe with alcohol to not only clean it but to dull or remove the finish. Next, you need to tape off the areas you do not want to be painted with painter's tape.

The boots had deep wrinkles, there was nothing I could do about that. I stuffed them tightly and to the top with plastic grocery bags and let them sit in the sun to help dry them out and to try and help with the wrinkling. The bags also keep the paint from going inside the boot.

I chose a dark navy since it was a color I did not own. I used Rustoleum enamel but they also make ones that adhere to plastic which would be a good choice for most shoes I would think, they just didn't have it in a dark enough blue. I also bought a matte clear coat so it would not have too glossy of a shine.

Use short and even strokes with the can to avoid running and drips, do not hold the can too close. You can always apply more once the first coat dries in about 30 mins or so depending on the weather. They look shiny when wet and will dry with more of a flat finish but with any dark color shoe, the glare of the sun will give it a sheen. A few hours later I applied the clear coat just to help seal the color.

Here is the finished product! I am really happy with how they turned out and will definitely do this again when some of my shoes start to wear out. I do not know how durable they will be since leather boots are always prone to scratches, but if that happens I can always give them a spruce up.

Here you are able to see them on. The sun is glaring on the fronts so I also will post one of the back so you can see it as well.

This is a great option for shoes that need a facelift or if you just need a color change. It is better than throwing them away. I have my eyes on a pair of old cowboy boots next. I will try a different brand of spray paint and let you know how it turns out.



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  • MadeByBarb MadeByBarb on Feb 04, 2022

    Yes, I did! It's a lot of squiggly lines. They were fabric but a fine weave polyester, not a fuzzy fabric at all. They now feel sort of like a vinyl. They are still flexible and don't crack

  • Vivian Vivian on Feb 09, 2022

    Never even thought about this!!!