How to Keep Tie-Dye Crocs From Peeling (4 Tips)

The classic tie-dye graphic clogs from Crocs are colorful, vibrant, and unique. Sadly, they can start to peel off after a week or two. So how to keep tie-dye Crocs from peeling?

The most effective way to keep tie-dye Crocs from peeling is to apply a few layers of acrylic sealer, which creates a clear, protective finish over the Crocs’ paint. Not only will it keep tie-dye Crocs from peeling, but it will also create a clear, bright shine.

Additionally, it’s important to not leave them out in the sun for too long. In this post, we will show you 4 methods on how to keep tie-dye Crocs from peeling.

Do Tie-Dye Crocs Peel?

Crocs are generally quite durable.

Although they are comfortable, the paint on tie-dye Crocs peels off after a few wears. In some cases, the paint completely rubbed off after a day in the rain.

Tie-dye Crocs peeling after 3 days (Digital Aqua Tie-Dye). Posted on Reddit u/Cliffy598.
The paint peeling all over the tie-dye Crocs.

We noticed the tie-dye decal started coming off on the first day. And every time we wear them more wears away. We were hoping the paint would have lasted longer than 1 day.

The good news is, we’ve discovered some tricks to keep the Crocs paint from peeling.

4 Ways on How to Keep Tie-Dye Crocs From Peeling

You can easily keep tie-dye Crocs from peeling by applying several layers of acrylic sealer and keeping them away from direct sunlight and extreme heat.

Contacting Crocs’ customer service is also worth a shot. If seeing peeling Crocs is frustrating, you may want to buy basic-colored Classic Clogs in the future instead.

Here are all the methods of keeping tie-dye Crocs from peeling, explained further:

1. Apply acrylic sealer to seal the paint

The best thing you can do to keep tie-dye Crocs from peeling is to apply several layers of acrylic sealer, which will keep the paint from chipping and fading over time.

We’ve had the most success with Aleen’s acrylic sealer (gloss finish):

Basically, Aleen’s acrylic sealer creates a clear, protective finish over painted objects with a durable, weatherproof seal that will keep them looking freshly painted for years to come. 

It’s made for a variety of materials, including metal, glass, wood, plaster, ceramics, and other painted surfaces, including Crocs’ Croslite™ material.

We tried using this sealer on a pair of tie-dye Crocs and sprayed the acrylic sealer evenly. Not only did the acrylic sealer dried quickly, but it also made the colors really pop.

To apply the acrylic sealer on Crocs, take your Crocs outside. Then, shake the acrylic sealer can for about 30 seconds until you hear the ball rattling inside.

Hold the nozzle 8–12 inches (20–30 cm) away from the Crocs and spray both clogs evenly until you form a thick layer over the painted surface. Wait 2-3 hours for the Crocs to dry.

For the best results, we recommend doing 3 layers of acrylic sealer application over the course of 2 days to allow it to fully dry. Once dried it will create a clear, bright shine.

If a glossy finish isn’t your thing, you may want to use the matte-finish acrylic sealer. Instead of a shiny appearance, your Crocs will have a matte finish.

2. Don’t leave them out in the sun for too long

Even after coating your Crocs with several layers of protection, it’s a good idea to not leave your Crocs out in the sun. The unique material can shrink or warp in extreme heat.

If the Crocs shrink, the paint can also peel off because the shape of the Crocs has changed. The last thing you want is to have a combination of shrunken Crocs with bad paint.

After cleaning them, you should only air dry your Crocs. The same can also be said for storing them. Keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

A simple 4-tier shoe rack like this one does a great job of keeping your shoes organized. Not only is it perfect for small spaces, but they maintain distance between each footwear.

3. Contact customer service for a replacement

If, for some inexplicable reason, your tie-dye Crocs have started to peel after a few days, contacting Crocs customer service is something worth trying.

Surprisingly, Crocs customer service has been great. We’ve seen a number of people who have had good success in getting a replacement for their peeled tie-dye Crocs.

Crocs’ warranty policy cover shoes purchased within the last 90 days. If you send a brief description to, they can look into a warranty option for you.

You have nothing to lose, so why not try to talk to them about your disappointment. Who knows, you may get a new pair of Crocs to replace your peeled tie-dye Crocs.

4. Buy Classic Clogs in the future

Some things are outside of your control. Take the paint on tie-dye Crocs for example. No matter how careful you are when wearing them, the paint can easily peel after a few wears.

If you’re annoyed by the peeling of tie-dye Crocs, focus on what you can control and buy regular classic clogs instead. They offer the same comfort, without any of the peeling paint.

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to Crocs. In addition to regular clogs, there are lined Crocs featuring warm and fuzzy liners for the winter.

For those of you looking to add height, there are many different styles of Crocs that add a few inches. Just don’t forget to break them in properly before you wear them.

Bottom Line

Whether you like it or not, the paint on tie-dye Crocs will eventually peel.

Tie-dye Crocs may offer the same comfort as regular Crocs, but the paint easily peels off after a few wears. The paint may even completely rub off after you wear them in the rain.

Sure, you can always keep them from peeling by applying a few layers of acrylic sealer, but if you do not want to go through all the trouble, buy regular Crocs instead.

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