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How to Paint Plastic Toys


By Jim Dugan
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  • You can alter the color of a child's toy by adding the appropriate type of paint. If the toy is made of plastic, employ the proper preparation techniques, or flaking will prove inevitable. Plastic is poorly-suited for paint and will reject new finishes unless it is abraded prior to application. Thoroughly prepare the toy to improve surface adhesion, or finish failure will ultimately result.

    Essential Items

  • Water-based soap
  • Rags
  • Towel
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Canvas drop cloth
  • Painter's masking tape
  • Acrylic spray primer
  • Acrylic spray enamel
  • Step 1

    Wash the plastic toy, using a water-based dish soap. Rinse the toy with wet rags and dry the plastic, using a clean towel.

    Step 2

    Abrade the plastic toy, or the primer will not stick. Scour the toy with 100-grit sandpaper until the plastic feels slightly rough.

    Step 3

    Coat the toy with acrylic spray primer. To prevent runs, hold an 8-inch space between the toy and spray tip. Let the toy dry for at least three hours.

    Step 4

    Coat the toy with acrylic spray enamel. Hold an 8-inch space between the toy and spray tip. Let the toy dry for at least three hours.

    Warnings

    Don't use latex paint, or the finish will fade and/or peel.

    Never paint over an unabraded plastic toy, or the finish will flake off as the child plays with the toy.













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