Looking to paint acrylic, glass, or a clear plastic? We’ve got some must-know tips to get you started!
I have a love affair with all things see-through. Well, no, that’s not true… just when it comes to home decor. Especially sleek acrylic storage bins.
I think if you have nice things, you should show them off! Even better, if you keep your nice things nicely organized inside their separate bins, you really want to show them off! Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of items I safely hide behind a well fortified wall of wicker or some other closed up storage, but occasionally there are those pretty items you want to be able to store and see!
That being said, I usually prefer a “window” you can see through as opposed to an entirely clear piece. I’ve added that wow factor to many an acrylic, glass, and plastic storage piece using spray paint. The question I’m always asked is how to paint it for the sturdiest results, so here are a few tips for spray painting acrylic, plastic, or glass…
Here are a few tips for spray painting acrylic, plastic, or glass…
Start With Stellar Tape
For the cleanest possible lines be sure to use a really good painters tape. I prefer the Frog Tape brand, thus far it is the best I’ve tried. If you don’t use a good tape, the lines will be very choppy. Of course, be sure you take your time and press down on the tape edges really well so no paint seeps through. Additionally, be sure to remove the tape immediately after painting. Yes, you need to remove the tape before the paint dries, or you’ll peel bits of dried spray paint off when you remove the tape.
A Nifty Little Trick To Save Your Tape!
A good tape isn’t cheap, so I use it sparingly. Tape off the first line that will be the dividing line between paint and product. Next tape on paper bag or newspaper to cover the rest of the product. Do a good job covering non-paint areas, spray paint hangs in the air and a certain radius will end up with microscopic paint droplets.
Start With The Right Paint, Dispense With the Primer
Primer is usually a good idea (especially important for spraying metal), however in the case of clear plastic, acrylic, or glass, if you can complete the task in a single coat it is better. The problem with more than one coat is allowing paint to dry without immediately removing the tape…once you remove tape off dried spray paint it is likely to peel the paint along with the tape. So choose a high performing acrylic enamel spray paint, or simply look for a paint designed to bond with plastic. Then spray paint in even sweeps across your surface. Be careful not to allow any pooling, and take the time to make sure there are no uneven areas…you only get one chance. Remove the tape right away (yes, while the paint is still tacky)!
Wondering when to use a primer? Well if something is going to get a lot of wear-and-tear you shouldn’t risk going without it. Especially if you can’t sand the surface (for example, you don’t want to scratch your acrylic or glass). Just keep it light and even…it’s better to err on a light coat than overdo it with too many layers or heavy coats that will be liable to peel.
The Protective Coat
Finish with a coat of triple coat clear glaze spray paint. However, don’t spray it on until after you have removed the tape. Be sure to allow the initial coat to dry completely. You want to seal those raw edges where the paint and the product meet.
And presto! You have a stunning, customized end product. Something you would have to pay premium cost to buy, and you’ve just up-cycled existing jars, or taken cheap plastic products to a whole new levels of chic!