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Best Spray Paint for Plastic

Spray painting plastic can be a frustrating task. Most spray paints do not adhere well to plastic surfaces and can quickly peel, bubble, chip or flake off, making the surface look worse than before you started. This is why it’s important to use the right spray paint for plastic. 

I’ve tested several different brands and types of spray paints over the years and I can tell you that there are only a few spray paints that will truly bond to plastic. Some spray paints simply coat the top of the surface without bonding to it which can lead to disastrous results. In this guide, you’ll find the best spray paints for plastic, as well as how to prep the surface and apply the product. 

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Best Spray Paint for Plastic

Krylon Fusion

Krylon Fusion is by far my favorite spray paint for plastic. It’s the only one that I’ve found that actually bonds directly to the plastic surface. Unlike other types of paints for plastic, Fusion doesn’t require you to prime or sand the surface which saves a lot of time! When Fusion is fully dry, it looks and feels more like a durable plastic coating and less like paint. You can create a durable, professional looking finish that won’t peel, chip or fade. 


  • Coverage: Up to 25 sq. ft
  • Dry to touch: 15 minutes or less
  • Fully Dry: 1 hour
  • Application conditions: 50 – 90F and humidity below 85%
  • Cleanup: Lacquer or paint thinner



Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover

Rustoleum 2X Ultra Cover claims to bond to plastic. In my experience, while this product does work on plastic, it’s definitely not as durable as Krylon Fusion. This product can be used on a variety of surfaces in addition to plastic like, wicker, metal, wood etc. In my opinion, if you’re going to use this product on a plastic surface, I highly recommend that you use a primer before spray painting. 

  • Coverage: 8 – 12 sq.ft
  • Dry to touch: 1 hour
  • Application conditions: 70 – 80F
  • Cleanup: Mineral Spirits



Rustoleum Plastic Primer

Similar to Krylon Fusion, Rustoleum plastic primer was specifically designed to prepare plastic for for painting with any top coat. It provides a tight bond for the top coat, for superior paint adhesion and durability on plastic. This is an oil based formula ideal for use on polypropylene, polystyrene, resin, PVC, fiberglass and vinyl plastics. 


  • Coverage: 8 – 10 sq.ft
  • Dry to touch: 20 – 30min
  • Fully dry: 24 hours
  • Application conditions: 70 – 80F at 50% humidity 
  • Cleanup: Paint thinner, xylene or mineral spirits.



How to Spray Paint Plastic

Spray paint may seem pretty straightforward, but without the proper prep, correct temperatures, and following the instructions exactly as listed on the can, it may not turn out as you hoped. The steps I’ve listed below should be used as a guideline. It is imperative to follow the directions listed on the back of the can, because the paint can crack, bubble or peel if not.   

  1. Surface Prep: Clean the surface using an ammonia based cleaner for old plastic and paint thinner to clean the surface of new plastic.
  2. Lightly sand the surface and remove dust with a tack cloth. If you don’t want to sand, you can use a liquid sander instead. I like Klean-Strip and Krud Kutter Prepaint Cleaner.
  3. Allow the surface to dry, so the spray paint will stick.
  4. Hold can 8 to 10 inches from the surface. Spray back and forth in a weeping motion, overlapping for even coverage.
  5. Spray 2-3 light coats outside or in a well ventilated area.  
Ideas on what you can spray: Outdoor plastic patio furniture, flowerpots, wall plate covers, buckets, PVC pipe, storage containers, closet organizers, Easter eggs, figurines, ceramic, glass, resin, etc. 

Helpful Tools for Spray Painting Plastic

Have you ever experienced hand and finger fatigue while spray painting? This inexpensive tool will eliminate the pain of consistently holding down the nozzle. In addition, this tool helps to improve accuracy and control so you get the perfect coat every time. 

This spray shield provides a large, safe area to spray paint or stain, and protects your surrounding area from overspray drift. The shelter is designed to help direct the spray airflow towards the ground. It also folds down for easy storage.  

These paint risers securely elevate your canvas to achieve clean edges with minimal surface contact. Cone risers are designed with a rounded blunt point tip so they do not damage your work piece like sharp pointed styles.

You’ll definitely have success painting plastic with any of these 3 products. If you’d like more information on all types of paints, and not just spray paint for plastic, check out my article on “A Complete Buyer’s Guide on Types of Paint”


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