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« on: June 24, 2010 09:15:32 AM »

So I have these boots that I bought on ebay to wear under my MOH dress in a recent wedding.  As it turns out, I do not like them with anything else.  Now, I am making a Padme costume for an upcoming Star Wars convention and I need brown boots, but do not want to spend a bunch of money on boots, since the rest of the costume is adding up.  My MOH boots would be PERFECT... IF they were brown.  Below is a picture of similar boots.  Mine are a bit shiny, leading me to believe they are sealed.  I read on another topic, to use acitone before painting, and someone else said Krylon spray paint (I think...).  Any new suggestions for my boots?  My biggest concern is using the wrong paint and
1. dying my pants brown while wearing them together (the boots will be worn OVER the pants though)


2. the paint cracking throughout the day due to the floppiness of the leather.

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010 09:27:31 AM »

Well, if they are shiny, they've probably been sealed already.  I'd suggest getting some leather dye, from Tandy leather, if there is one in your area and doing a spot check somewhere that wouldn't be very noticeable.  Either your dye will bead up on the surface or sink it.  If it beads up, you're SOL.  Even if it sinks in the best you could hope for is a very dark brown since the leather is already black.  It would be like trying to dye black hair brown. 

Spray painting would give more opaque coverage, but as you said, it probably will end up cracking and peeling.

« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010 11:26:35 AM »

There is a colour for leather which is already died. I know two brands, you can try googling them:
Cova Color or Fiebings Acrylic Dye for leather. The only source I have is in Germany unfortunately but there will be sources online for sure. Hope this helps.
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2010 05:18:30 PM »

If you can't get the painting to work well enough, maybe boot covers over the paint? Covers often don't go over the entire toe area, but if you had the paint with covers on top it might work, since the most flexible parts would then be covered in brown material.
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