How to Change the Color of Plastic

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Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper

  • Plastic spray paint

Old newspapers make great drop cloths.

In the past, painting plastics has been a risky endeavor because many paints would not adhere to the smooth, non-porous surface. The paint would bubble and peel. With the introduction in the 2000s of spray paints meant specifically for plastics, it became easy to change the color of everything from plastic patio furniture to laminate furniture. Many spray paint manufacturers make paint specifically for plastics, such as Krylon's Fusion line. There are many colors available at most home improvement and hobby supply stores.


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Step 1

Select a well-ventilated area or a space outside to set up your painting. Cover the area with newspaper or drop cloths.

Step 2

Remove the cap of the spray paint can. Shake the spray paint can vigorously for at least two minutes to mix.

Step 3

Hold the paint 8 to 10 inches from the plastic and spray in a sweeping motion from side to side.

Step 4

Apply a thin coat of paint, and wait two minutes. Apply another thin coat. Repeat until the surface is well covered.

Step 5

Allow it to dry for one hour before handling. The surface will be hardened and chip-resistant within one week.



Leah Newman

Leah Newman has been a professional writer since 1999, writing about fine arts both in print and online. She specializes in how-to articles covering DIY projects. Newman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia and a Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature from Pennsylvania State University.