repainting acrylic

Painting Acrylic, A Review of Sorts

I tried painting acrylic before, but it just didn’t look right (not without a bunch of work). But I got tipped off on an easier method from the Shopping Sherpa when she painted her powder blue Panton chair black. SS mentioned using spray paint specifically for plastic, by Tamiya which is widely used by RC hobbyists. Sounds obvious when you think of it, right?

So after browsing the hardware store, I found something similar in the Krylon Fusion spray paints. My test subject was the black VIKAesque desk legs and the Silver Hammer Finish Krylon Fusion spraypaint.

Repainting acrylic

This is the end result and I loves it. Since the surface area is so much smaller than what the paint is created for, there is only a hint of the hammer finish. I am perfectly fine with that and expected it somewhat. I’m going to paint a few more things silver.

Painting black acrylic white

Also, if you are wondering, Krylon does have Fusion paints in flat, glossy, and shimmer finish. I’ve experimented with all of them and can positively say that they all look great. Above is the white glossy fusion on the black acrylic XCurve Table. All it took was two coats for the white to cover the black.

I recommend using Krylon Fusion spray paints it if you want a quick and easy way to paint plastic.

Edit: I forgot to add – Don’t buy the spray paint at the craft stores. They cost twice as much as hardware store prices. Head to Lowe’s, Home Depot, Etc and grab a can for $4 bucks instead! Also, edited to add in some updated info.

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14 Responses to Painting Acrylic, A Review of Sorts

  1. Lyssa June 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I’ve never thought to use that on mini’s, but James has used it several times to redo kid things. Fabulous!

    PS. I used the RC bookcase you gave me months ago, in the fling. 😉

    • Ann June 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      Woooooo can’t wait to see it!!!!

      And yes, do use the Krylon Fusion on minis.. it’s a quick and easy way to make them look great!

  2. Call of the Small June 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Great tip, thanks! I might have to head to Lowes! 😉

    • Ann June 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      NP CS!

  3. PetitPlat June 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Yay for spray paint! I use one for metal as well, so cool, quick and perfect 😀

    • Ann June 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      Indeed! That’s why I love using them. Work smarter, not harder, I say!

  4. The Shopping Sherpa June 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I used Tamiya model paint which is available in the USA:

    It’s more expensive but I believe the paint is finer so works better on little things. Having said that I also use bog standard Dulux spray paint (and undercoat) from the hardware store…


    • Ann June 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      Ooooo, I see. I asked the hardware store people and they told me that it’s probably not available in the US, probably thinking that it’s an Aussie brand of paints. I see how it can cost more, they target hobbyists. I do still want to look into them though… thanks for the link!

      Looks like there is one VERY close to home…. nice!

  5. H. Bean June 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    I’ve tried out Tamiya spray paint on doll furniture in the past & didn’t have much luck (but that might just be because i’m totally inept!) but I have heard that Krylon Fusion works even better – I’ve been meaning to try Krylon Fusion myself, but it’s not easy to find in the UK. The stuff you sprayed looks like it turned out really well!

    • Ann June 29, 2011 at 1:39 am #

      I wonder, do they require priming? Or is it just spray and go? I like the Krylon Fusion because it is literally ready to spray and it looks great on wood too! Hope you’re able to find it in the UK soon. It’s great to work with!

  6. Amelia S June 28, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    This is perfect! I just bought an antique-style kitchen table kit, and I was wondering how to paint it. The paintbrush really doesn’t work all that well. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Tina Ryan February 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi! I know this is an old post so I hope you receive it.

    I use Krylon a lot and the instructions say that when finished painting turn can upside down and spray to remove excess paint to avoid clogging up. Well I thought this was a waste of paint so my tip is to give initial spray right side up then finish job spraying upside down. This get the job done without wasting any paint.


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