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I have some paints now, and I've been wanting to decorate my trench since it was thrust upon me, so I'm thinking I can combine the two.

thus my question, for those of you who've some experiance painting on leather (black leather, in particular, if it matters any): what types of paints are best? What types will not wash off when I take the trench to be cleaned? What types will move and flex with the leather? I have water-based acrylic paints at the moment. While wet they mix nicely and come off the brush with water, but they claim to be "permanent" once dry. Will these work or would I be better off with something else?

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From:graphxgrrl
Date:22:49 13.Dec.2004 (UTC)
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I would think that there are probably paints designed to be used on leather. I'd not trust acrylic paints not to crack and peel off--though I've not had any personal experience using them on anything other than paper and canvas.
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From:lograh
Date:23:06 13.Dec.2004 (UTC)
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that's what I was thinking also, but I couldn't find any "leather paint" in the paint isle of michales this weekend. Further confusing me is another brand of 'acrylic' paints that was right next to the one I picked up specifically listed "leather" as one of the surfaces it's "great for". The upshot of all this is that I'm now truly confounded about this project. I may just dab some of the black paint on a corner near the ground or something. black on black shouldn't show too much, and a little dot on the corner would be rather inconspicuous.
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From:gregory_geiger
Date:1:00 14.Dec.2004 (UTC)

Paint and Leather

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my leather was painted with Acrylic. You can't use anything else really. For flexability and durability it is the only way to go.

Reguardless of what type of paint you use, white is going to flake off the most. What would help is to texture the surface of the coat with a some fine grain sandpaper. It will also take off the "leather treatment" that stops things from penetrating the surface.

Bottom line is, if you bend it the paint will eventually break-crack-peel off. You will have to repaint it once in awhile.
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From:vampyrecat
Date:3:14 14.Dec.2004 (UTC)

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I can vouch for everything q31q3r said. I never found anything better than acrylic.
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From:lograh
Date:4:32 14.Dec.2004 (UTC)

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cool, two votes of yes. Thanks for the input!

pssst: those are Gs, not Qs. :)
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From:vampyrecat
Date:19:33 14.Dec.2004 (UTC)

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Ok. Geiger makes more sense than quiqer.
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From:lograh
Date:4:31 14.Dec.2004 (UTC)

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I was hoping you'd chime in. thanks for the tips, I'll start working on something to try.
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From:gregory_geiger
Date:4:37 14.Dec.2004 (UTC)

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Hey, anytime. Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help.
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From:lograh
Date:4:43 14.Dec.2004 (UTC)

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be careful, I may hold you to that. :)
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