How to Repair Faded Plastic

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How to Repair Faded Plastic
Faded plastic objects can be restored with spray paint. (plastic basket image by gajatz from

Many durable objects, such as indoor and outdoor furniture, toys, decks, fences and mailboxes, are made of plastic. Despite their durability, plastic objects may lose their looks over the years. Sun exposure and ageing can eventually cause a vibrantly coloured plastic object to appear faded. Instead of disposing of weather-beaten plastic objects, consider reviving them with spray paint.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 tablespoons liquid dish detergent
  • Cleaning bucket
  • Warm water
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Clean cloth
  • Clean towel
  • Newspapers
  • Rag
  • Standard paint thinner
  • Super-bond aerosol paint

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  1. 1

    Clean the plastic item with a soapy solution of detergent and warm water.

  2. 2

    Rinse and dry the item.

  3. 3

    In a well-ventilated area, lay out newspapers. Dampen a rag with paint thinner and wipe the item.

  4. 4

    Shake the can of paint. Following the directions on the can, spray an even coat on the item.

  5. 5

    Allow the paint to dry for 15 minutes. Spray another coat of paint on the item. Allow the paint to dry for 15 minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • The paint thinner will cause the paint to adhere better to the plastic item.
  • Use stencils while painting to create patterns on the plastic item.
  • It will take one week for the spray paint to reach maximum adhesion.

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