What is the easiest way to seal painted shoes? We know there are plenty of options out there to seal the shoes with, but the question is which one is the easiest and the cheapest?
It’s hard to say for sure what is the fastest and easiest way to seal painted shoes because all options are relatively the same.
But in this article, we will tell you the easy way to seal the shoes. We will also tell you the materials that you will need to seal painted shoes. So what are you waiting for? Let’s begin the discussion.
Materials Needed to Seal Painted Shoes:
Following is the list of materials that you will need during the process.
- A pair of shoes
- Nail polish
- Paper towel
Easy Steps To Seal Painted Shoes:
Following are the easy steps to seal painted shoes. Let’s review them.
STEP 1: Clean the Leather
The first step is to clean the leather. Remove any dirt from the shoe with a soft brush. Use soap and warm water to remove any excess dirt and grime. For leather shoes that don’t have laces, you’ll need to remove the uppers from the shoe before cleaning.
STEP 2: Cut the Leather Into Equal Halves
Once the leather is clean, cut it into equal halves along the edges of the shoe. This will give you two pieces of leather to work with.
STEP 3: Measure the Width
To determine the width of the leather, measure the length of the shoe from the toe to the heel. To do this, you need to remove the sole of the shoe so you can see it. Simply remove the bottom part of the shoe (the part that has the soles) and use the edge of the sole to measure the distance between the tips of the toes.
STEP 4: Slice the Leather Into Equal Thirds
Now that you know the width of the shoe, cut the leather into equal thirds across the width of the shoe. This will result in six sections of leather.
STEP 5: Mark the Top Edge
Using your pen, mark a line across the top edge of the leather. This is where you’ll attach the upper. You’ll want the lines to be even, which is why it’s important to measure accurately in Step 3.
STEP 6: Cut Leather Sections In Half
Cut each section of leather in half on the marked line. Now you have 12 individual pieces.
STEP 7: Glue
Apply glue to the underside of the upper. Carefully press the leather onto the glue, starting at the front tip. Gently smooth out the leather until it is flat. Repeat this process for the other side.
STEP 8: Apply Additional Dots
Use the paper towel to apply a light layer of glue onto the leather. It’s important to cover every part of the upper, but especially the toe box. Using a paintbrush, spread the glue over the leather in a thin even layer.
STEP 9: Smooth Out the Leather
Continue spreading glue evenly over the leather. Smooth out the leather to ensure it’s flat. If necessary, use your hands to press down the leather again. You should now have a nice flat upper.
STEP 10: Apply the Tacking Tape
Apply a thin piece of tacking tape to the upper. This will allow you to add an extra piece of leather later. You should tuck the loose edge under the leather on the inside, and fold it over itself on the outside. Press the tape down firmly to secure it.
STEP 11: Seal the Upper
Apply a thin layer of liquid latex to the inside of the upper. Do this by painting the latex onto the leather, moving back and forth. Make sure to only apply a thin layer, because the liquid latex will dry very quickly. Allow it to sit for a minute or so.
STEP 12: Attach the Lace
Attach a lace by lining it up and pinching the ends together. Pull the ends apart and then smooth out the pinched section. If necessary, press the upper firmly against the shoe until the lace is attached.
STEP 13: Attach the Insole
Take the sole from the shoe and place it into the upper. Position it in the center of the shoe and press firmly to attach. You should now have a finished shoe!
Wrapping It All Up!!!
Sealed shoes are a great way to maintain and preserve your feet while keeping them dry and free of bacteria. Not only are painted shoes easy to maintain, but they’re also extremely convenient.
Sealing the shoes prevents bacteria from forming and also protects them from damage. In short, you’re doing two things here
- You’re maintaining the appearance of the shoe
- You’re saving a pair of feet
So make sure to follow the above steps and easily seal painted shoes.