What is Acrylic leather paint?

Acrylic leather paint is specially designed for leather items. Many users choose it for it’s non-toxic, water-based and durable.There are mainly three common uses:

Firstly, customizing shoes and clothing;

Secondly, revamping leather furniture and accessories;

Thirdly, creating leather artwork.

Brief history

In the 1960s, people tended to find a more durable and long-lasting way to color leather items. “Heroes created by the times.” That was when acrylic leather paint came into people’s view, and quickly became popular. Even now, it is not only widely used in the fashion industry, but also popular in the crafting DIY fields. We can easily find their brilliant works on daily wearings, such as shoes, jackets, wallets and much more.


Many people choose to use acrylic leather paint because of four reasons.

  • Durability: Leather products are often exposed to hot/cold weather conditions. Acrylic leather paint makes it perfect for use in even harsh situations.
  • -Flexibility: It’s flexible. You can have various designs on leather and faux leather products.
  • Easy to apply: See the step-by-tep guide below, you can find it more easily than the traditional leather dyes.
  • Wide range of colors; Acrylic leather paint can bring in a wide range of colors. Red or black, blue or yellow, pink or white. You can freely choose based on your needs.

Are there any techniques for using acrylic leather paint?

Yes. Here are some tips for applying acrylic leather paint.

– Preparing leather surface for painting

 The whole process should be done gently and patiently. If you are painting only a part of leather item, do remember to protect other areas that are not to be painted.

– Applying the paint

Painting in thin layers will be a smart choice. And allow enough time for it to dry in between.

– Blending colors

We can mix acrylic paints with other colors easily. Highlighting and shading are cool, too.

How to use the leather paint?

Supplies you need:

  • Acrylic leather paint
  • Degreaser
  • Paint brush(the size depends on the area you are applying on)
  • Paint finisher

Step-1: Prepare and clean the leather surface with

Step-2: Paint in thin layers with the paint

Step-3: Seal your artwork to make it durable

How to choose YOUR paint?

Four factors should be taken into consideration.

Factor 1: Type of leather you are to work on. Different leather, different paint. Check it out whether your leather is smooth/rough, finished leather or porous leather, and choose your paint accordingly.

Factor 2: Durability. You will always like a paint that can offer you long-lasting result.

Factor 3: Color choice. If you want to have a wide range of color option, check out details of the paint brand before purchase.

Factor 4: Easy to apply. This is more important for the new starters.

Factor 5: Finishes. There are various finishes option, such as matte, glossy, metallic etc.

Factor 6: Price. Simply compare some popular brands on the net and you will have a general idea of it.

What are some acrylic leather paint widely used?

The following are four popular paints.

Angelus Leather Paint Set of 12 — Non-toxic

It’s from a famous paint brand for leather crafting. This product contains 12 bottles of paint, with colors red, blue, yellow, orange, purple, green, lilac, turquoise, pink, purple, black, and white.

Fiebing’s Acrylic Leather Dye — Water-based

This brand has a long story for over 120 years and is known for its vibrant and long-lasting colors. Fiebing’s paint dries quickly and last for a long time.

Leather Studio Acrylic Leather Paint 

This brand is known for its opaque and vibrant colors that can be used for leather, vinyl, and even plastic items.

Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint

While this brand is not specifically made for leather, it’s a popular choice for adding metallic accents to leather projects. It’s also known for its ability to adhere well to leather and provide a shiny finish.