- Jan 27, 2009
The purpose of this thread is an updated discussion of paints available today (Fall 2014)-- as the older threads are closed and do not offer current solutions. My goal:
- to touch up a few knicks from a singular wear
- to then use smartphone protective film which, from what I've read, is the most popular method for protecting my soles without changing them (Vibram, foot petals, etc will all change them and therefore are not on my list). Since the whole point of the protective film is to keep them looking original, I want to touch up before I apply it.
- First: I bought Angelus Walk on Red. I sanded lightly and applied. It is thin (which is good-- too thick leaves to great a margin for error) and easy to apply. However, it is not Louboutin red. It's at least two shades off and while it's only two shades-- I could have gotten the same thing for $3 from Joann's. So I was frustrated. Now my soles dont have knicks, they have orange patches. AND, I sanded more than I needed to thinking that if the paint were a true match, it wouldn't matter for color and would blend better for texture. I was wrong. FAIL
- Second: I used Christian Louboutin nail polish. Yes the Christian Louboutin nail polish that I purchased at the same time as my shoes. Too thick. Not the same color as my 2014 Simple 70 soles. And difficult to apply. FAIL
- Third: I created a custom color. Thinking that all Walk on Red needed was a teensy drop of blue to bring it to the right shade, I went to Joanns, bought oil-based acrylic paint and about $20 worth of missing jars and supplies. Brought blue home and attempted to mix. WRONG. Either the Joanns paint was too thick or Walk on Red is water based or both. No blending occurred. All I got was orangey red paint with little beads of blue in it. FAIL
- Fourth: I created another custom color. I called Angelus and asked if I could mix their (own) paints for a custom shade. Rep said yes. Perfect. I ordered Sapphire Blue, waited 3 days for delivery, and mixed. Result: reddish greenish brown. FAIL.
- Fifth: I search on eBay for someone else's custom color. Various sellers offer their own custom blend. I used Toolhaus to read buyer reviews which was a PIA because not all reviews were about the paint. Eventually, I narrowed it down to one seller whose reviews were not good for speed or customer service, but who did not have a single review complaining that the match was off.
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