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How to Paint Crocs? – Step by Step Guide

Do you want to refresh your crocs by using paint? Are you bored with your footwear’s old look and want something new?

Crocs shoes are the comfiest, most lightweight, and most convenient footwear. They have become extremely popular due to their stylish models. However, giving them paint or customizing them is a little tricky.

To give a new color to your pair of crocs, you must look for durable paint that does not break or wear off easily. In this article, we will discuss how to paint crocs.

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How to Paint Crocs?

  1. Take a pair of crocs, put masking tape on the areas you don’t want to paint, and clean them thoroughly.
  2. Next, fill a large container with lukewarm water and apply spray paint on its surface.
  3. First, submerge one croc into the water. Then, take it out and repeat the same steps to paint the other shoe.
  4. Keep them aside for 24 hours to dry.
  5. Use a fixative spray to seal the paint.

Tools and Materials Required

  • Acrylic spray paint for crocs
  • Crocs
  • Utility knife
  • Rubber gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic container
  • Paint thinner
  • Water
  • Fixative Spray (a protective coating)

Steps to Paint Crocs

Do you know which paint is best to dye crocs that last long without chipping and adhere well to the footwear material? I’ll tell you the most efficient technique to paint them that I use.

I use acrylic paint to give new color to my crocs, giving the most accurate results. It is the most effective as this paint is resistant to fading, peeling, or cracking. You can use it to change the whole look of your footwear easily.

It can stick well on crocs shoes because they are made from Croslite material foam rubber, and many paints don’t adhere to their surface.

I will use the hydro-dip method to paint my crocs; in this method, paint is applied to the shoes through water transfer.

1. Choosing Crocs

Although any colored pair of crocs can be used for this purpose, I choose white color shoes because they pick any color efficiently. After painting, some parts of the footwear will be white, and a neutral background will look amazing.

It will be a little difficult if you have a worn-down pair of crocs at your home and you want to paint them. I have purchased brand new white crocs because they get a clean finish.

2. Cover Some Areas with Masking Tape

I use masking tape to cover some areas of the crocs that I don’t want to dye. You can paint the entire pair of shoes without using tape.

If you don’t want to paint the sole of the crocs, or you want to dye your shoes in a specific design, put tape on it according to that pattern.

I use tape on the buttons of my shoes because it looks so odd when covered with paint. After covering, I neatly cut the edges around the buttons with a utility knife.

3. Cleaning the Crocs

Now, clean the visible areas of the footwear with a baby wipe or any damp towel. Scrub these areas thoroughly that have not been covered with masking tape.

Make sure you have rubbed it for one minute to remove all the dirt and grime. After cleaning, let them air dry. If you want quick drying, use a towel.

4. Filling Water in a Container

Grab a large-sized container and fill it with lukewarm water so that crocs can completely dip into it. Doing this outdoors will be better because paint spills will get inside the house.

Plastic containers are good compared to other materials because they can be cleaned easily.

5. Applying Spray Paint on the Water

The spray paint you are going to use must be acrylic or latex. Shake the cane of spray enough that you hear the sound of a fast-moving ball from the inner side.

When applying, I hold the spray cane at 45 degrees and keep the distance 20 – 30cm from the water. Use it for 5 – 10 seconds at the center of the water.

I never do painting projects inside the house because the fumes of the spray are extremely hazardous to health. If applying spray inside your house, keep windows and doors open.

It is your choice which design you want to give to your crocs; you can use one color or multiple color sprays to make a pattern.

I applied the paint for 30 – 40 seconds because I wanted more strong color. Make sure the position of the cane is at 45 degrees angle, not parallel to the floor. If you are holding it wrong, the paint will be uneven.

6. Applying Additional Colors

It is your choice if you want one color or want to create a unique pattern by adding different shades. You will need more spray paint canes for this purpose. Apply every color in the middle of the water.

When you apply one color, let it spread, then apply another spray. After spraying, the water’s surface should be completely covered with the paints. Don’t use more than four colors because the colors will be mixed in the water.

Most people like a tie-dye look. For this pattern, use red, yellow, blue, and green spray paints; away from the center of the water in a circular pattern.

You can use a combination of pink, orange, red, and yellow to give a brighter look. If you don’t like bright colors and want to use cool ones, use darker shades like green, black, purple, and blue.

7. Submerging one Croc

First, wear thick rubber gloves to protect your hands from the harmful effects of paint. Now grab one croc and put it into the paint at 45 degrees angle. I hold the shoe from where I put the masking tape.

Hold it from the sole’s edges if you have not used tape. When submerging, ensure you have not changed the angle and slowly dip it into the water.

Most people use tape to put a string on the crocs’ sole and dip it into the water without submerging their fingers. This process also works but is unreliable because your shoes may shake, and the design might be inconsistent.

8. Take out the Crocs from the Water

The shoe must be submerged in the water for five to ten minutes. You will see the paint is transferred to the croc surface. Slowly move the shoe upward and take it out of the water.

If the paint does not stick to the footwear, repeat the process because sometimes the paint thickens, so it cannot adhere. When this happens, put the shoe into the water and turn it to let the paint stick to it. Now pull it out. In this way, the thicker layers will not slide off.

9. Applying Paint to the Second Croc

Keep the dyed shoe safe and do the same steps to paint the second croc. I used the same colors as I used for the first croc. However, most people create a unique pattern by adding a different color to the second one. In this way, the second shoe is different from the first one.

When you have finished painting, make sure you have cleaned the container with soap and water. If some residues of paint are unable to remove, you can use thinner to remove them. Apply it on the paint residues with a cloth and rub it a little.

10. Air Drying

You must give them 24 hours to dry completely. Don’t touch them before this time because you will ruin the pattern. If the weather is warm and it is not rainy season, leave it outside to dry.

However, in rainy weather, put them in a tray or container and take them inside. It may take more time to dry inside, so wait for it to dry completely before touching them.

11. Sealing with Acrylic Fixative

To protect the crocs from fading, I use a fixative spray. You must use clear-coat arsenal fixative spray, especially for acrylic paint.

Take your shoes to an outdoor area to seal the paint. If you have to do it indoors, ensure the doors and windows are open.

Shake the can of the spray well before use. I hold the fixative at a distance of 20 – 30 cm from the crocs and apply a thick layer. Then, wait for 2 – 3 hours to dry. This layer will protect the paint from wearing off and chipping.

Before applying it, read the instructions on its label carefully and ensure it is especially for acrylic paint.

Safety Precautions While Painting Crocs

  • While using paint, the fumes are highly toxic, which can cause skin irritation, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Hence, choose an outdoor open area for this project.
  • If you can’t paint your crocs outside, open all the doors and windows for proper air ventilation.
  • If there are any electrical outlets, cover them with tape because paint can become a fire danger.
  • To protect the area from getting paint, cover it completely with newspaper. Thus, when you spray, the floor will not get painted.

Tips to Paint Crocs

  • After taking out the crocs from the water, if you don’t like the design of the paint, you can use a paintbrush to change it. Paint doesn’t get hard immediately, so you can change the design.
  • You can use a small painting brush to write your name on it or make an additional design on its surface.
  • You can use acrylic paint with a brush if you don’t want to use spray.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Procedure for Painting Crocs with Acrylic Paint?

There are different methods to apply acrylic paint on crocs.

  1. You can use a paintbrush to make different designs on its surface.
  2. Spray paint can also be used directly on them. This procedure is effective if you want to apply one color to whole shoes.
  3. Another way is to apply paint in water, then dip the crocs into it. The paint will be transferred to the shoes.

How to Give Paint to Black Crocs?

First, use a Deglazer (a product that removes the original finish) on the entire surface of the crocs. Next, sand them so the paint you apply can stick well to them.

Now, apply an Adhesion Promoter spray on them to make their surface more able to grab the new paint. When the footwear is ready, you can start the painting using a brush or spray.

How to Use Spray Paint to Color Your Crocs?

Water transfer painting is the best way to give your crocs a new color through spray paint. In this method, you must fill water in a large tub and apply spray on its surface. Then, dip your crocs into it.

Which Paint is the Best for Crocs?

Acrylic paint is best because it is long-lasting and does not wear off or break with time.

How to Apply a Protective Coating on Crocs?

Before sealing the crocs, shake the spray thoroughly so that you hear a fast-moving ball sound from it. Hold it at a distance of 20 – 30 cm, and the sealing layer should be thick on both shoes.

Final Thoughts

Changing the color of crocs is easy, so with a little effort, you will get new crocs; however, the paint should be high-quality. The durable paint is necessary so the color doesn’t chip or wear off with time.

For this purpose, acrylic paint is the best because it is resistant to breaking or chipping. Don’t forget to seal the paint when the process is complete. Make sure you are doing this project in an open, airy area.

Daniel Robert is a shoe lover who enjoys writing about all kinds of footwear, including sneakers, Crocs, Vans, and more. He shares his vast knowledge on Shoesra.com, a website dedicated to helping people find the perfect pair of shoes. With years of experience and a passion for all things shoe-related, Daniel's easy-to-understand advice has helped countless people make confident and stylish choices.

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