Painting on Plastic Covered 3 Ring Binders?

Painting on Plastic Covered 3 Ring Binders - binder cover with paint coming offI recently painted about 20 plastic covered 3 ring school binders. I sprayed each one with sealer, then painted them with DecoArt patio paint. In some I used Mod Podge as a base also. When I finished with the painting, I sealed them again. Since then the paint literally peels right off or if it is against anything else it sticks to the other object.


I love personalizing my stuff and not just slapping a label on it. I do lots of genealogy and have binders for each surname in my family. I spent too much time doing these binders to have this happen. I need suggestions on how to prevent this from happening again before I redo them. Any suggestions?

I'm also having an issue with having to paint multiple layers of paint on some binders for the paint to show up. I tried using a gray brush on primer for darker colored paint and white primer for lighter colors. This didn't work well. When I would (for instance) paint with red, it would show up on dark colored binders. If I used gray primer, I got a yucky color and when I used a white primer, I wound up with pink paint, not red! Any suggestions for this?

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Painting on Plastic Covered 3 Ring Binders
Painting on Plastic Covered 3 Ring Binders

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August 9, 20190 found this helpful

You can use Krylon Fusion spray paint

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August 10, 20190 found this helpful

These are gorgeous! What a fun project!

Plastics and paints and markers are a notoriously bad mix. I have read about sanding the plastics, burning the plastics, and using spray sealers and none seem to be the answer as they each have their own issues. One time I tried the sanding thing...but it looked awful. The burning seemed dangerous and the sprays are not good for me to use (health issues).


On the ones you have already done, you can try something I used to do when I made collage covers in the 1980s. I used clear contact paper to make a book cover for my creations. I just found one the other day and it was surprisingly well preserved for being that old. It had yellowed, but that was to be expected.

You can get contact paper in big sheets (back then it was before online shopping so I probably bought it at Hills or Ames or maybe a five and dime.) Today you can probably find rolls of it at most dollar stores, craft stores, or Amazon. The challenge with this stuff is it is super sticky and you can get bubbles and wrinkles if you are not careful.

You may be best in the future using the pocket binders and putting your creation on paper and sliding inside the pocket. Those binders are more expensive and I have had extensive damage to items when I try to remove them, but if you are going to leave them as is, they do last.


Good luck with your project! It is such a neat idea!

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August 10, 20190 found this helpful

They have wonderful permanent markers in fabulous colors, that will give you a personal look that want peel and stick to other plastics.Good luck!

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