How to Add New Life to Used Nikes (from the Sock Liner to the Midsoles)

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

I bit off more than I could chew.

When I decided to start customizing sneakers last year, my first pair of customs - I went BIG.

I had watched enough videos and I thought I knew what I was doing.

As you may know, or will surely learn, reading/watching about a subject matter vs. actually doing it, are NOT the same.

Though my mistakes, are where you'll succeed.

In this video tutorial you're going to learn how to:

  • customize used sneakers

  • color the sockliner/tongue of your sneakers (watch the FULL video before attempting this)

  • how to paint the midsoles of your sneakers without them chipping or flaking off

  • what kind of paint markers work on sneaker customs

  • and more!

This is an in-depth look inside a sneaker custom.

Hopefully it'll answer any beginner questions you may have about customizing your own pair.

Materials needed //

  • Angelus Paint in Turquoise, Black, Neon Paradise Purple, Hot Pink, and Magenta

  • Angelus Matte Finisher

  • GAC900 (optional - only if coloring the sockliner/tongue)

  • Kryolan Matte Finisher

  • Raleigh Restorations Scratch Resistant Sealer

  • Bulldog Spray Adhesion Promoter

  • Sharpie Oil Based Paint Marker in Blanco/White

  • 100% Acetone (or Nail Polish Remover)

  • Cottonballs

  • Masking tape

  • Old newspaper

  • A hair dryer or heat gun

  • Paint brushes

To check out some more of my other customs, or video tutorials, you can find me on YouTube or Instagram.


What aspect of sneaker customs do you have questions about? Leave a comment below.


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