The first step is to make sure the leather is clean. Use the Angelus Leather Preparer Deglazer to wipe away any wax finish from the leather. I prefer cotton balls for removing any wax from the surface. Once you have used all sides of the cotton ball, throw it away to avoid smearing the wax around. Consider using q-tips to reach into tight corners.
The Deglazer evaporates quickly … keep the lid on the bottle at all times. Follow the cleaning advice carefully so the paint will adhere properly. You want to avoid peeling or cracking.
Before you start to paint, it is a good idea to sketch out your design in pencil. Keep your pencil outlining light so it does not show through the paint. The paint is somewhat transparent. When you are ready to paint, apply thin, even coats. Make sure the paint is not too thick. When the paint is too thick it is more likely to crack. Let each coat dry thoroughly before adding another coat of paint.
For errors or mistakes, use the Angelus Deglazer as an eraser for the paint. Keep the caps on your paints as well — This acrylic paint dries faster than standard acrylics. Store the paints in a cool location