The 10 Best Paints for Plastic of 2022

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Because not all paints will adhere to plastic, it’s important to choose paint specifically formulated for use on this type of surface to avoid the disappointment of peeling or bubbled results. Whether you want to freshen up plastic furniture, give a toy a new lease on life, or jazz up plastic fencing or other outdoor decor, Krylon Fusion All-in-One provides the performance, color, and coverage you want.

We evaluated paints for plastic based on their adhesion ability, range of colors and finishes, smoothness of application, and ease of use.

Here are our favorite paints for plastic.

Final Verdict

If you want spray paint that covers plastic smoothly and evenly, is easy to use, comes in plenty of colors, and doesn’t flake, peel, or fade once it’s dry, it’s hard to go wrong with Krylon Fusion All-in-One. But if you are specifically looking for a product to use outdoors, whether on patio furniture, fencing, or anything else exposed to the elements, Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint/Primer covers plastic beautifully, and holds up to sun, rain, and wind.

Application Method

The majority of paints that adhere to plastic are spray paints. Spray paint applies evenly over plastic’s smooth surface, and you don’t need to worry about brush marks, which would show up very clearly on a plastic surface. Still, if you prefer or need a brush-on paint, other choices work well on plastic surfaces. Brush-on paints are especially helpful if you are painting something very small and detailed, such as a craft or miniature; or, conversely, if you need to cover a large surface such as a cabinet or piece of furniture.


Think of any color, and chances are, a spray paint matches that hue. You can find paints for plastic in just about any color you might desire, including white, black, neutrals, primary colors, super-brights, on-trend colors, and metallics that look just like real metal. In fact, the hardest part of choosing a paint for use over plastic is deciding on the color you like best.


Paints for plastics come in a variety of different sheens—also called finishes—ranging from ultra-matte to high-gloss. Of course, you also can find in-between sheens such as satin, semi-gloss, and eggshell. Some spray paints feature specialty sheens, including pearl, textured, hammered, and metallic. Your choice of sheen is a matter of preference and style, but typically, it’s easier to wipe glossy surfaces clean, while matte paint does a better job of covering imperfect or rough surfaces.


  • Many paints cover plastic well. Generally, these are oil-based or alkyd-based paints, as water-based paints typically don’t adhere well to plastic and may peel, bubble, or flake off once dry. That means you need mineral spirits or thinner for any necessary cleanup, unlike water-based paints that require just water.

    As for the form of paint, most paints for use on plastic are spray paints, which do a good job of laying down an even coat of color over materials with smooth surfaces such as plastic. Still, you can opt for brush-on paints for plastic, if you prefer.

  • If you want to use acrylic or water-based paint on plastic, you have to sufficiently prep the items. Typically, that means first sanding the surface to create “grip” and then applying a primer. Once the primer is completely dry, you can coat it with the desired acrylic paint. Be prepared to apply more than one coat, as acrylics do not always provide as much coverage as oil-based paints, especially over a smooth surface such as plastic.

  • To extend the life of your painted plastic, you need to do two things. First, ensure that the paint you use doesn’t require a separate coat of primer—if it does, make sure you prime the object before applying paint. Second, apply a clear sealant to the plastic once the paint has completely dried. This provides an extra layer of protection against the elements and wear and tear.

This article was written by Michelle Ullman, the tool expert for The Spruce. She has extensive experience not only in writing about all things related to the home but also in carrying out various DIY projects, including landscaping, painting, flooring, wallpapering, furniture makeovers, and simple repairs around the house and yard.

For this roundup, she considered dozens of spray paints that work on plastics, evaluating each for performance, ease of use, durability, and color range. She also considered feedback from customers, as well as her own experiences carrying out numerous DIY projects.

Disclaimer: Curated and re-published here. We do not claim anything as we translated and re-published using google translator. All images and Tattoo Design ideas shared only for information purpose.

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