You can use Liquitex acrylics to paint on leather but care must be used as long-term paint adhesion can be a problem due to variations in surface, thickness, fiber structure, oil content, dye type and tendency to stretch. Always do a test sample.


• For maximum adhesion and longevity, the paint should penetrate into the leather. 
• Deeper penetration will achieve greater adhesion. 
• Remove any surface coating, shine, or smoothness by sanding with fine sandpaper or emery cloth. 
• Remove surface oils by wiping with alcohol (denatured or rubbing) or acetone only in areas to be painted. 

Painting Techniques

• Before applying paint, flatten and adhere leather to a stable surface. 
• For light or bright colors on dark leather first apply Liquitex® Soft Body Titanium White thinned with 25% distilled water to the painting area. 
• For more techniques ideas, check out the tips and techniques for painting on fabric.  

• Wipe with damp cloth or mild soap and water. 


• Paint may crack if leather is stretched beyond the binding capability.

• Avoid wearing painted leather below 45° F. (Acrylic paint can crack if bent below this temperature.)