Before the introduction of spray paints designed specifically for use on plastics, it was a difficult, if not impossible task to paint plastic fixtures such as shower inserts. Now though, thanks to products such as Krylon Fusion for Plastic and Rust-Oleum's Hammered Paint for Plastic, painting plastic shower inserts is quick and simple.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Ammonia-based cleaner
- Paint thinner (as needed)
- Sandpaper (as needed)
- Tack cloth
- Painter's tape (as needed)
- Spray paint for plastic
Clean the plastic shower insert with the ammonia-based cleaner. For brand-new plastic, wipe it down with paint thinner instead.
If the insert has already been painted, lightly sand it, and then wipe the dust away with a tack cloth.
If there are areas of the shower insert that will not be painted, protect them with painter's tape.
Paint the surface with the spray paint for plastics by following the manufacturer's instructions printed on the can. This typically involves spraying a thin, even coat of paint with the can held about a foot from the surface.
Allow the paint to dry completely before handling the shower insert. It will be dry to the touch within 15 minutes, but do not handle it for 1 hour.
Tips and warnings
- For best results, wait seven days before installing the insert in your shower. Store it somewhere cool and dry as it cures.
- Work in a well-ventilated area, or paint fumes may be hazardous to your health.
- The paint will cling to non-plastic surfaces as well as your insert, so protect your work area with a dust sheet and wear old clothing while you work.
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