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How to Change the Nike Tick Color

If you own a pair of Nike shoes, but you want to make them a little more personalised, you can easily change the colour of the "tick," also know as the "swoosh." The tick is the well-known emblem that identifies Nike products, and it comes in many colours depending on the product or pair of shoes. You can paint the tick to give your shoes a different look, as long as you use the right kind of paint.

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  1. Scrub your Nike shoes gently if they have been worn for a while and have dirt or dust on them. Use a little bit of water, mild detergent and a soft toothbrush to get in all the nooks and crannies of your sneakers and wipe them down with a wet lint-free cloth. Let them dry completely. The area that you want to change the colour needs to be completely free of dirt and residue.

  2. Dip a small paintbrush into some white acrylic paint and carefully paint over the Nike tick to prime the surface of the shoe. Paint around the edge of the tick first and fill and it in so you don't accidentally get paint outside the tick. Wait about 45 minutes for the white paint to dry.

  3. Rinse the white paint off the paintbrush with clear running water. Pat dry on a paper towel. Dip the brush into the colour that you want the tick to be and carefully apply it to your shoe. Paint the edges first and fill it in. Wait 45 minutes for the paint to dry and then add another coat.

  4. Apply a clear acrylic gloss over the painted ticks to protect the paint and make the emblems shine. You can also use a satin finish or matt clear acrylic if you don't want them the ticks to be glossy. Wait at least an hour for the paint to dry before wearing your custom-coloured Nike shoes.

  5. Tip

    If the Nike tick is a canvas material, use fabric paint instead of acrylic.

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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mild detergent
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paper towels
  • Coloured acrylic paint
  • Clear acrylic gloss

About the Author

Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.

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