Plastic is the most difficult material to apply paint to. Here are some simple ways to succeed.
How many times have you tried to spray paint a plastic object, such as garden chairs or old children’s stools, only to discover that the colour had peeled off after a few hours? Plastic is the crabbiest material to paint, but we’ll walk you through a series of steps that will help you create smooth, long-lasting coloured plastic surfaces.
First and foremost, you must prepare your workspace as usual. Spray painting should be done outside or in well-ventilated areas. Work on a piece of cardboard, plastic, or fabric, or simply on some pieces of newspaper. Make sure you have the following as well:
- Gloves and face mask for protection
- COSMOS LAC Plastic Primer
- COSMOS LAC EASY MAX shade(s) of your preference
- Light sandpaper
- Piece of cloth
- Paper masking tape
You are now ready to DIY step by step!
No1 – Time to sand
Use the light sanding paper to remove old lacquers and create a matt surface.
No2 – Time to clean
Use the piece of cloth to remove oils, dust and moisture. The surface must be totally dried before you proceed with the next steps.
No3 – Time to protect
Cover all non-plastic parts with paper masking tape to protect them from primer and colours.
No4 – Time to prime
It’s time to put PLASTIC PRIMER to work. Shake the can for at least three minutes after hearing the mixing ball. Spray for 3-4 seconds in the air to test. Then, spray the surface from a distance of 25-30 cm. Spray vertically first, then horizontally. If you are unsure about the adhesion – each surface has its own behaviour – wait up to 5 minutes before applying a second coat. You will be able to spray paint after 6 hours.
No5 – Time to practise
If this is your first time using spray paints, start by colouring a test object (e.g., a piece of cardboard) from a distance of 4-6cm before applying to the actual object. This simple exercise will help you figure out the most convenient distance and speed for you.
No6 – Time to colour
Grab your EASY MAX and shake the can vigorously for 3 minutes. Test it in the air for 3-4 seconds. Then, with relatively quick movements, begin to spray the surface first horizontally and then vertically – this is one coat. Wait 5-10 minutes before applying a second one. You only need to apply a thin layer of colour during the first coat, and the second layer will provide full coverage. Allow the surface to dry completely for 24 hours.
No7 – Time to enjoy
Remove the masking tape from the protected areas after 24 hours and use the painted object as desired.
Last, but not least
Choose shades from our EASY MAX colour line to achieve the best results for plastic surfaces.
The revolutionary spray series with the modern satin finish, 100% acrylic resins, are actually the best solution for all the kind of materials (wood, metal, glass, plastic etc).
Every EASY MAX spray comes with two caps.
The black cap is for broad spraying and large surfaces, whereas the white cap is for fine spraying and details. So, based on your needs, select the appropriate cap for your task!