6 Advantages of Using Plastic Spray Paint

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Plastic spray paint is made specifically to adhere to the smooth surfaces of plastic products. Not just any paint will suffice, and this particular invention has saved a ton of people from the hassle of using other paint types and then finding it peeling off their plastics pieces. There are several benefits of this special product.

1. Adhering Capabilities

Plastic spray paint adheres better to plastics than other spray paints, which tend to come off very easily. Even rolled on paint can come right off if you put high water pressure on it. Plastic paint is ideal if you want a durable coating on the surface of an object.

TIP: Painting professional Edward Kimble, author of Interior House Painting Blog, reminds you, “Almost all areas you are going to spray need some kind of preparation. Glossy areas should be either scuffed or deglossed with a chemical agent or scuffed first then also treated with deglosser.”

2. Lack of Fading

Plastic spray paint will not fade easily, so it's perfect for outdoor furniture. You can keep your plastics looking great no matter what weather they have to endure.

3. Speed and Accessibility

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Using spray paint as a whole is a lot faster than using a roller and regular paint. A roller may cover more than a brush, but it still can’t be compared to spray painting. Spray painting also gets into areas too small for both brushes and rollers. You get a more complete paint job without having to go back over the space you painted. When you have to paint awkward areas, like the corner of a plastic table, a roller will have a difficult time because of the shape of its shape. You will more than likely end up leaving marks behind in the paint. This is eliminated when you use plastic spray paint.

TIP: Edward says, “Be careful of overspray. (Spray mist that does not land on the object being spray painted, but on the areas around the object.) Set up the spray area somewhere where nothing that you don’t want paint on is in the way.”

4. Even Coating

After painting with a roller, you might be disappointed in the job done. This is because rollers don't always leave a nice smooth finish. Plastic spray paint, on the other hand, comes out in a mist, and the mist engulfs the entire surface it is sprayed on. Use at least two coats of paint. The first coat should be very light. This is called a “tack” coat. The next coat sticks to it well. Wait for a thin layer to dry and then spray another layer over the plastic. Every time, you should get an even, drip free coat.

TIP: Edward wants you to, “Spray with an on/off, on/off technique. Don’t hold the button down in a continuous spray motion. Push button and move the can across the item being sprayed. When you reach the end, take your finger off the button and move the can a little further. Then repeat the process in the opposite direction.”

5. Ease of Use

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It probably is obvious that spray painting is a lot easier than other kinds of paint, especially on plastic. All you have to do is squirt and go with spray paint. If you use a roller, brush, or the like, you have to get a pan ready and hope that you don't drip all over the place. You do want to wear a respirator and work in a well ventilated area. Consider goggles or protective glasses with sides on them.

6. Colors

You can get plastic spray paint in an array of colors, many of them brighter hues than you can find in most spray paints. You can easily restore the look of an old faded toy, or you could completely paint over a plastic car part. Whatever the project, you can rest assured there is a spray paint out there for you.