How To Hydro Dip Your Shoes
Advice On Hydro Dipping Your Shoes
Have you ever ripped open the wrapping paper of a gift in anticipation only to discover you’ve just received another pair of boring white shoes? Do you have a pair of white sneakers that have seen better days? Or maybe you just can’t find a pair of shoes that are a true representation of the unique individual that you are. If you can relate to any of these scenarios, why not treat yourself to a one of a kind pair of shoes?
Hydro dipping is the art of adding a layer of paint to the water surface and dipping an object into the paint to color them. People have become incredibly creative when it comes to decorating their possessions and shoes just happen to be one of these. If you have a pair of shoes that could do with a bit of a facelift, try your hand at hydro dipping. It’s a lot easier than you think so follow these simple steps and leave your creative mark on your footwear.
1. Choose Your Shoes
The obvious first step is selecting the shoes you want to vamp up. You can go out and buy a brand-new pair, but you can also grab an old pair of shoes that have lost their luster. You can pretty much hydro dip any shoes but be aware that the paint will adhere to some surfaces better than others. White shoes are ideal as you’re pretty much working with a blank canvas, but basically any shoes can receive the hydro dipping treatment.
2. Give Old Shoes A Thorough Cleaning
As with all painting jobs, a good clean foundation is needed for the paint to stick properly. You can use plain old soap and water, but to really prepare the surface of your shoes for hydro dipping you will get the best results by making a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Mix these two substances together until they form a liquid. Then grab a toothbrush, dip it in this solution, and scrub away. Make sure you are wearing gloves for this process as these substances are quite harsh. When you are done, give your shoes a good rinse and let them dry.
3. Tape Your Shoes
If you have a pair of white sneakers you plan on hydro dipping and you still want to keep some parts of the uppers white, like the logo, cover these areas of your shoes with masking tape and with a sharp knife, trim off any excess tape around the parts you want to keep white. You will also need to tape over the soles so they keep their original color. Don’t forget to remove the laces and insoles before you start taping.
4. Spray On A Primer
Grab a can of primer and spray it all over your shoes. The primer will help create an even surface for the colored paint to adhere too. Give your shoes a good spray and let the primer dry before you start the hydro dipping process.
5. Choose Your Spray Paint Colors
This is the part where you get to put your own individual stamp on your shoes and choose two or more colors. You can really go crazy with your choices as there are dozens of different spray paint combinations you can come up with. Best of all, you can even choose some metallic colors and add a bit of a bling element to your shoes.
6. Fill A Large Container With Water
To successfully hydro dip your shoes, you will need to dip them in a container that is large enough for you to completely submerge your shoes. You can use an ordinary bucket, but as these tend to be narrow, hydro dipping may be complicated. The better choice of container is a plastic box that is wide enough and deep enough to dip your shoes in. Don’t fill the container to the top as you don’t want to force paint and water over the top of the container when you dip your shoes in.
7. Spray In Your Color Combination
You’re almost ready to start hydro dipping your shoes. This step involves applying a layer of spray paint to the surface of the water. Spray the paint on the water’s surface in any way you like. Just make sure you spray enough to completely cover the surface of the water.
8. It’s Time To Dip Your Shoes
Now it’s time for the magic to begin, so put your rubber gloves on and get started. Grab your shoes by the soles and dip them into this colorful hydro bath, uppers first. Make sure you completely submerge the shoe. Using your other hand, move the excess paint away from your shoes and quickly lift the shoes out. You should now be looking at a whole lot of color on your shoes. Remove the shoe and set it aside to dry. Then refill the container with water, spray your paint in again and repeat this for the other shoe.
9. Let Your Shoes Dry
Now that you’ve hydro dip colored your boring old shoes, let them dry completely. Once dried, remove the masking tape and put your laces and insoles back. If you want this effect to last as long as possible, apply a layer of waterproofing shoe spray over your artwork.
10. It’s Time To Step Out
The final step in this process of hydro dipping your shoes is literally stepping out in them. Put them on and get out of the house. You didn’t put in all that effort to keep such stunning shoes in the closet.
Once you hydro dip your first pair of shoes, you won’t want to stop. Use this method to transform as many of your boring shoes into stunning creations. Every single pair will be a one of a kind so there is no chance you’ll ever be standing next to someone wearing the same shoes. Remember that boring gift of white shoes you were so disappointed in receiving? Now consider hydro dipped shoes as a gift for a family member or friend for their next birthday.