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Painting on Plastic

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Painting on plastic can be tricky unless you follow certain procedures or use paints especially designed for use on plastics. This is a guide about painting on plastic.
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January 4, 2005

I use a lot of recyclable goods for craft projects. I want to use the white plastic from store bought frosting containers (and other items) to make some jewelry and ornaments but I can't seem to paint the plastic. Is there something I could use as a sealer or primer before I start painting? Thanks,

Angie

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January 5, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Angie

Krylon makes a paint for plastic in a spray can they also make a regular paint so make sure the can says krylon for plastic.

Liz

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January 7, 20050 found this helpful

folk art (I think) acryclic paints has mediums to use to paint on glass you could try that and it is way cheap and you can use your regular craft paints

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January 8, 20050 found this helpful

UPDATE!!!!!! I was just at walmart in the spray paint section and saw a paint for plastic projects. I don't remember the brand name (I was trying to decide which type of clear coat to buy) but it was right there along with all the other spray paints and it looked like there was a decent selection of colors as well

hope this helps

Kat

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May 26, 20050 found this helpful

Can u paint on plastic with pottery paint?

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August 24, 20050 found this helpful

I want to paint on plastic PVC. Am wondering if I used a coat of Krylon fusion spray paint first, would I be able to paint a design on that using regular acrylic paints?

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February 2, 20080 found this helpful

I found this website that has instructions for painting plastic barrels so it should work for PVC, kmart has Krylon here, so does Walmart.

http://www.ne-d  arrel-paint.html

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May 14, 20080 found this helpful

I have a pontoon that has four corner made of plastic polyresin (i think) I would like to change the color and have trouble getting paint to stick. Do you have any solutions. Thank you in advance

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May 16, 20080 found this helpful

Patti,

I just called the tech support people at Krylon (listed on the paint can). I am painting plastic pots with their indoor/outdoor paint. Unfortunately, they don't make the color (pumpkin orange) I want in their fusion plastic paint.

They advised me to go to an automotive store and get Adhesion Promotor by Dupli-Color.

'Hope this helps...

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May 30, 20080 found this helpful

I paint on a lot of different surfaces, so I've pretty much tried everything. The plastic paint does work well, but doesn't hold up well unless you put a sealer over it. I've found the one that I prefer is the satin finish Kilz clear spray paint. It's available at WalMart. You do need several coats. But, be sure to allow drying time between coats. Lightly sanding the surface with at least a 120 grit sandpaper will help adhesion.

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September 13, 20080 found this helpful

When painting PVC pipe try use an oil based primer that you can get from home depot or lowes. Then paint with the color that you want.

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August 2, 20110 found this helpful

We are having a family get together soon. I am tired of recycling all those water and Gatorade bottles. How can I prep the empty bottles for the kids to paint (so they use the same bottle all weekend), wash, and reuse? Do I use a plastic primer then acrylic or oil based paint or do I use the Krylon primer? Thanks.

By Sarah

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August 3, 20110 found this helpful

You could put a different color rubber band for each child around the bottle.

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August 3, 20110 found this helpful

Duct tape and sharpie markers work really well, and should last through the weekend. Freezer tape also, but duct tape is so easily available now.

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August 3, 20110 found this helpful

Some of those bottles are so flimsy they might not last the weekend - and they're not easy to wash nor are they supposed to be refilled. Why don't you get some sturdy plastic tumblers at the dollar store and have the kids use those? You won't have to worry about possibly toxic paint either.

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Disposable plastic water bottles and sport drink bottles like Gatorade are made with HDPE #1 plastic. They are meant for original one time use only. Chemicals from that plastic leaches into beverages you refill them with thereafter.

I agree with purchasing inexpensive tumblers or even water bottles meant for reuse along with using freezer tape, or even painters tape, instead of duct tape because duct tape residue is difficult to remove. I also wouldn't use any sort of paint directly on plastics for beverage or foods because the chemicals from the paint will most likely leach into the plastic and hence into the contents of the container.

Rule of thumb for reusing plastics for any food or beverage is that it be 'food grade' recycle #2, #4 or #5.

Oh, I reuse empty non-dairy creamer bottles for beverages. They are the safe #2, have a closeable spout and it's easy to remove their labels.

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Good luck getting the kids to reuse them. I always tried that with glasses at home with the kids, and still ended up with a sink full of dirties. Till I started making them do the dishes!

But I do hope that you find a great idea for your gathering, and hope you all have lots of fun!

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April 20, 2006

I have green plastic patio chairs that are faded. What kind of paint can I use to refresh them?

Arcy from Bloomer, WI

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April 20, 20060 found this helpful

There are paints made especially for plastic....Krylon Fusion, to name one.

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April 20, 20060 found this helpful

Kylon makes a paint specially for plastic- comes in many colors- be sure to lightly sand and clean all lthe surfaces to be painted

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April 21, 20060 found this helpful

You might also want to consider doing a decopage treatment on the chairs, there are all kinds of cheap gift wrap papers at the dollar stores that you could purchase inexpensively and decopage on; and then spray on a sealer coat once it had dried. Even tissue paper comes in lots of colors and designs, and don't worry about wrinkles, it gives it character.

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May 27, 2012

Our school P&C has bought some large heavy duty plastic banners to advertise our events. What sort of paint should we use on them and how should we store them to make them last?

By Sue from Palm Beach, Queensland

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