How to Paint Plastic So it Looks Like Leather

Written by dale yalanovsky
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Until recently, it was difficult to spray paint plastic. Water-based paints merely ran off the surface, and oil-based paints dissolved the plastic. But as new chemical compositions appeared, a wealth of paints have sprang up specifically made to paint plastics. Along with these new formulas came new textures as well. These textured paints allow the average user to spray a plastic surface, and turn it into a non-plastic looking item, which even includes making plastic look like leather.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Textured spray for plastics--RustOleum, Plasti-Kote Leather Touch or equivalent
  • Paper face mask
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Use a rag, and wipe off the item to be sprayed. Remove all dust, dirt and grime.

  2. 2

    Shake the paint can per the manufacturer's directions.

  3. 3

    Put your paper face mask on to keep from inhaling paint as you spray.

  4. 4

    Hold the can roughly 12 inches away from the surface.

  5. 5

    Apply a thin coat of paint by constantly keeping your hand moving as you spary. Once the area is covered, allow it to dry.

  6. 6

    When the paint has dried, assess how it looks. If there are missed spots or the texturing isn't complete, apply another coat.

Tips and warnings

  • RustOleum is available at any hardware store in many plastic covering textures and colours. Plasti-kote Leather Touch is a UK product, but you can find it for sale online and even e-Bay.

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