In case you’re working with the type of leather that doesn’t burnish that easily or you want to pursue a high fashion look like Hermes, you might want to try edge paint. In the previous post (click here if you missed it), I explained what it is, why you could use it but not how you should use it. Because that’s the topic of today! Alright get your supplies and let’s start.
What do you need:
- edge paint
- Fine grit sand paper
- Optionally an edge groover
- Paint pen or an old awl
- A piece of leather to try it first !!!
Step 1 – cut, sand prepare
Before you start on your project you’ve been working on for the last few hours, days or weeks, it might be wise to try the edge paint first on a scrap piece of leather.
The first step is to even out the pieces of leather you stitched together and want to finish with edge paint. You could either cut it straight or sand it down and smooth. You can also run along the edge with the edge groover, this results in a round edge instead of a square edge.
Step 2 – layer one
Now it is time to start the actual painting. The main difficulty of edge paint is you can’t spill a drop on your work… if it is a smooth kind of leather you might have a chance to wipe it away but otherwise you basically ruined your project! So try to be precise and careful. On the other hand, you should paint a rich layer of paint since it will dry thinner.
Step 3 – layer by layer by layer
Once the first layer is completely dry (about 10 min) you can go on to the next layer. Repeat this until you are satisfied with the result. In between the layer you could give it a light sanding to even the paint out and flatten the fibres. That’s about it! Wasn’t that hard or scary, wasn’t it?
Did you try it? And what did you think of the blue and the white contrasting edge paints? I haven’t tried the white one on a project but I actually like the “sporty” look of it! Next week we continue our Edge paint tour with the last and final part, mixing colours!