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How to Spray Paint Plastic


									How to Spray Paint Plastic
It is now possible to spray paint plastic. New spray paints are on the
market that will adhere to plastic. It only takes a little preparation,
and you can effectively spray paint plastic furniture, crates, picture
frames, mailboxes, planters, pots and other plastic ware. Items you may
have considered throwing away can now become like new with a fresh coat
of spray paint.

1Select your spray paint. You will need spray paint that is specially
designed for painting on plastic. Read the label on the spray paint can
to determine if you have the right kind of spray paint. Choose the color
that you find most pleasing.<
2Read the spray paint can to determine how much spray paint you will need
to purchase.
3Wash the plastic item you are going to paint by scrubbing it with soap
and water to remove all dirt. Allow the item to dry completely before
applying any paint. The cleaner you can get the item, the better the
final results. If the item is not dirty, you can skip this step.
4Sand the item. This is the most important step when spray painting a
plastic item. You want the surface to be rough, so the paint will adhere.
5Place your plastic item in a well-ventilated area. Painting outdoors is
the best place. You can set the item on a piece of newspaper or plastic
to avoid ruining the ground or area where the plastic item is placed for
6Check to be sure the area around where you are painting is clear. You do
not want to get paint on nearby objects.
7Shake the spray paint can well before beginning. Shake the can often as
you are applying the paint.
8Apply at least 2 thin coats. You do not want to spray the paint too
heavily or the paint will run. Allow the item to dry completely between
each coat.
9Hold the can at least 18 inches (45 cm) from the item you are spray
painting. Spray with quick and even back and forth strokes. Coat the item
10Allow the plastic item to dry completely before using it. Refer to the
can for drying times.

For obvious reasons, try to avoid spray painting on a windy day.
There are some spray paints designed for plastic that advertise there is
no need for sanding with their product.
Primers are not always needed, but usually make your paint job better.
Some paints advertise that no primer is needed with their product.
Avoid spray painting on a day when the humidity is high. The idea
temperature is between 65 and 80 degrees F (18 and 26 degrees C).
There are various caps/tips that can be used on a spray paint can to
better regulate the amount of paint that comes out of the can

<Things You'll Need
Spray paint for plastic
Newspaper or plastic
Soap and water

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