How to Paint Plastic with Spray Cans?

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If your plastic-made patio furniture has lost its luster or you want to replace an old plastic product, spray painting is the quickest solution to make it drastically more referable.

After a few months of sun exposure, your plastic material will start changing the color and also this is the very time you may want to replace it.

Painting Plastic with Spray Can

But once you know how to paint plastic with spray cans, you’ll see the stunning changes in your plastic furniture or things. Want to know the steps? Let’s dive in.

Materials You’ll Require to Have

  • A clean plastic surface
  •  Inanimate spirits
  • Sanding plate of fine-grit
  • Primer; meant for plastic
  • High-quality paint coat
  • Transparent sealer

It is necessary to clean and polish the element before painting to ensure the optimal coat, or else the paint cannot be applied correctly. It is, therefore, vital that with spray paint, you should operate in a humid environment to shield yourself from fire.

Your first product has to be the most interesting material for this initiative. Several different brands of color market plastic primers, but you have to be wise when choosing them for yourself.

How to Paint Plastic with Spray Cans?

Spray painting is one of the best ways of sprinkling old items, decorating them again, and bringing new life to things. Let’s proceed with some quality tips.


1. Clean and Smooth the Surface

Simply ensure that whatever you are doing, it is safe. Use mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol to remove any particles, dirt, or sticky substances stuck to your substrate. They should always be cleaned before being sprayed.

If it is difficult to clean your plastic by merely brushing, then select it with liquid and let it dry extensively.

You must continue the paint test with 2 fabulously decorated interiors if you want any fun color-blocked designs to spice things up a bit.

The only drawback is that it will feel disgusting and slapdash when you spray the paint. Do not even underestimate the impact of this move to spray your plastic products.

2. Prime the Surfer 

Some people suggest skipping this step. But I think it comes with better aftermath if you prime the surface.

Sand the surface to a dull finish with the aid of a fine-gritted sanding stone. This makes the first layer of paint to adhere to a certain material.

Use a dry brush to scrape the particles and wipe the substrate with a wet cloth. Next, sprinkle the substrate with polishing. Before proceeding further, let your item dry thoroughly.

3. Equally Distribute the Spray Paint 

You must not spray staying too close to a piece because the paint thickening on some pieces will be inconsistent. Spray from a length to produce a consistent ring. The suggested gap from the item you are operating on that would be around 0.1016 to 0.1524 meter.

Go up and press the nozzle on the target. When you spray, brush the target vertically or horizontally back and forth to place a thin and smooth mask on the air.

Never start or stop at any point other than the edges of the surface. It creates variations in the thickness of the coat that can destroy the painting job. Attempt to spray through one edge to another in one clean move.

While spraying from corner to corner in a single line, move marginally further than the boundary of your component before pulling the button and stopping the spray. Repeat the process from right to left and repeat until you are finished.

4. Apply Another Coat to Smooth the Surface

Using sandpaper will create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere when it will dry up. Lime peel patterns may also arise if the color is spread too sparsely or when the plastic ware is too far down.

When applying the second coat, dry the color up to 40 to 50 minutes before determining that another coat is needed or prior to painting the other face.

5. Finishing Up

Spray painting is not difficult and requires effort and knowledge carefully. You should also be polite and not hasten to clean up the mess. You always should be alert.

Do not shy away from making experiments for each step for discarded plastic or scant, trivial portions of your plastic layer.

Coat the paint with a white adhesive by spraying down the entire thing. For home furnishings or whatever other things those are contained somewhere and prone to the temperatures this course of action is of special significance.

You should be well on the way to new start with a color splash and a few cans of spray paint for some scrapped plastics or any plastic furniture.

Final Words

Voila! You have perfectly painted your plastic furniture! Don't be disappointed when you don't make your first attempt as you planned. It can take time and patience to get it perfect.

Have you caught my drift yet of how to paint plastic with spray cans? To be frank, these DIY projects are really fun after you see the result. So, GOOD LUCK!

About the Author Todd Davis

Todd Davis is a DIY enthusiast, traveler and writer for a long time. He has a deep understanding of all types of paint sprayers, chairs, vacuums and door hardware.

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