Golden KSJs are overly gaudy, so I decided to change the color on them.
KSJs are also expensive skates though, so I decided to use my old seba highs first as a testing platform before painting my KSJs:
So acrylic paints didn't turn out well. You can see the texture from the brush strokes, and it fell off in places because I didn't wait long enough for it to dry. Some of the masking tape I used was also of dubious quality.
Since I didn't like the effect of acrylic paint, I tried using paint pens as well:
With a few layers and a bit of care in application, the result seemed much more uniform and better than the acrylic, so I decided to use those for my KSJs. The blue paint on the front velcro strap is from a Toyo brand oil-based paint pen, whereas the light teal paint is from a Uni brand oil-based paint pen.
From here I went on and finished making my skates incredibly ugly (should've stopped myself before the teal contours), but at least I learned not to use acrylic paints.
After I finished painting them, I coated them. The left foot I used some spray-on dashboard wax because it was available at the supermarket, and the right foot I used some random art store varnish. I didn't seem to notice any particular affect from the coat either way, but hopefully they'll be slightly better protected by the stuff. I'll probably be using the dashboard wax for my KSJs, unless anybody has a better suggestion.
So from there I went on and cutomized my KSJs:
(Just kidding, the completed project actually looks semi-decent)
I'm giving the paint 48 hours to dry, and then applying a protective coat after that, so I'll have completed pictures in a couple of days.
So my highs are hideous, but I'm satisfied with the way my KSJs turned out (hopefully the paint won't flake off). In retrospect however, I should've just stuck with spray painting them. It would've been much less of a hassle for what seems to be a superior result from the pictures I've seen, but on the other hand it feels more personal to draw over the skates by hand. Another option would've just been to use sticker paper, and I've seen some people get really good results from those, but well, that's cheating.
tldr; Use spray paint or sticker paper instead.
p.s. Liners after four years of skating: