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Category: How do I paint on different types of surfaces?

Question: How do I paint on vinyl or plastic?

Answer: Painting on vinyl or plastic – like a photo album or lunch bag – can be a bit tricky. Since the surface is so slick, it doesn’t have any “tooth” that will help the paint adhere to it. But, if you follow a few simple steps, you’ll have great results!

Surface Preparation
Sometimes, it helps to give the surface a bit of ‘tooth’. To do this, try one of the following :
1. Use a fine grit sandpaper and LIGHTLY sand the surface – primarily where the design will be painted. Be sure to use a damp paper towel to remove any residue from the sanding.
-OR- 2. Using a MATTE spray, wipe-on or brush-on varnish, apply a coat to the surface to be painted. Let dry thoroughly before beginning to paint.

Painting the Design
Paint your design as you would on any other type of surface. If you are transferring the design, use a light touch so that you don’t indent the surface.

Sealing the Design
Although it is not always necessary to seal, it can help keep your project clean and help prevent scratches.
1. Makes sure your paint is thoroughly dry and has cured – over-night should be fine.
2. Use a varnish that matches the surface that you are painting. So, for example, if your surface is glossy, use a GLOSS varnish. Similarly, if your surface is not too shiny, a SATIN or MATTE varnish would be appropriate.


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