How to paint plastic

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Project Overview

Freshening up plastic surfaces in your home, such as mirror cabinets in the bathroom, with a coat of paint is easier than you think. We’ll take you through all the steps you need to do such as applying the primer, paint and adding a glossy finish for a great new look. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare and clean plastic surface
2 Prime the surface
3 Paint the surface
4 Add a glossy sealant
  • Step 1. Prepare and clean plastic surface

    Before you start painting, you need to prepare and clean your surfaces. Remove any fixtures or fittings and tape up any areas you don’t want to get paint on. Then use warm water and sugar soap to clean your surface. You could use something stronger if you have tougher dirt to remove.

  • Step 2. Prime the surface

    Before you paint, make sure you’ve got drop sheets down to avoid any spills. Then start by using a primer, which will help the paint stick to the plastic surface. With an aerosol, spray about 20cm from your surface for a nice even finish.
  • Step 3. Paint the surface

    Before you get painting, you may want to test the aerosol you’re using on a piece of cardboard first. Then when your primer is dry, you’re ready to get painting. Shake the can before use and then with a side to side motion, paint with smooth movements for the best finish possible. A good tip is that it’s better to do a few thin coats than one thick coat of paint.

  • Step 4. Add a glossy sealant

    You may also want to add a glossy sealant as a top coat on your plastic. This will guarantee a great looking finish on your surface.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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