How to change a Zipper colour?

I have a lovely pair of black boots with silver zippers. I would like to change the colour of the zippers, 2 on each boot, to black without screwing up the zippers.... no I do not want to replace. Thanks in advance. 🤐

  11 answers
  • Peg Peg on Oct 24, 2017
    If you can find one, a shoe repair service would be a good start.

  • FL FL on Oct 24, 2017
    Do you mean you want to literally change the color of your zipper like with paint or ink? This is a response from an online Q and A on the subject: 'Why don't you just purchase a plain white or silver one and spray paint it? Make sure the zipper is apart so that it will not get painted shut. Also, make sure to use a spray paint that is able to be used on a metal surface. Be sure to allow the paint to dry thoroughly and you may also want to apply a clear coat protectant on it as well. " I sew and spray paint everything!"

    • Barb Barb on Oct 24, 2017
      Wish it was that simple as I also do everything with spray paint, but these zippers are on the front of an ankle boot, maybe 4 inches long, on the vamp so to replace would cost a lot of money at a shoemakers.

      i am going to try the ” Sharpie “idea on an old zipper. If it works, great, if not I can handle the silver toned zippers!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 24, 2017
    Try Marker Pens "Sharpie" ?

  • Barb Barb on Oct 24, 2017
    Thought of that, but wondered if it would affect zipper, maybe try on another zipper first.

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Oct 24, 2017
    Use the sharpie, I have and it doesn't affect the function . You will have to keep touching up the dark color though .

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 10, 2018

    Have you tried painting over the silver parts with black nail polish?

    • Barb Barb on Aug 13, 2018

      No, but will try on an old zipper first to see if it affects the zip!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 14, 2018

    A wise move!

    I have done this with zippers on leather purses, and jackets, and the nail polish lasts a surprisingly long time (without chipping off) considering the price for a whole bottle. Use new polish that is not gunky, apply in thin coats (if more than one is required) not thick, and make sure that the polish has thoroughly dried before touching it, or doing the back side of the zipper pull.

  • Kats Kats on Nov 03, 2019

    How inspiring! I have this black leather jacket that I don't wear anymore because of the zippers color. I was thinking of bringing it to a shoe repair place to have the zippers changed. But now, having watched your video, I'm thinking of changing the color of the zippers to black with the Essie Licorice nail polish. I'm debating between purchasing 1 or 2 bottles of nail polish. Anyways, wish me luck! 😬

  • Barb Barb on Nov 03, 2019
    Boots are coming out soon... will have to try the nail polish trick, thanks!

  • Kellie Kellie on Dec 09, 2019

    Did it turn out??? I want to do the same thing but make the zippers gold on my boots