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What Kind of Paint Do You Use on Rubber?

Rubber surfaces bend and stretch regularly, causing the colour on the surface to flake off. For any rubber object with such flexibility, the choice of a paint that is similarly elastic---such as epoxy or an oil-based formula---might serve you well.

Painting

Epoxy paint has a strong finish that resists flaking and chipping. It's available in both a spray version and one that requires a paintbrush. Oil trousers will also adhere to rubber surfaces, but they require the addition of a thinner.

Considerations

Monster Makers recommends mixing 5 parts rubber cement with one part oil paint. Once you mix the ingredients, add enough white spirit to thin the mixture into a paint-like consistency, as the rubber cement is quite thick.

Prevention

After you have finished painting the rubber surface, let the paint dry overnight. A layer of polyurethane or another type of clear sealant provides protection, keeping the paint from chipping off the rubber.

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Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.