How to Paint a Plastic Shower Insert

Written by heather harris
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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

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Things you need

  • Ammonia-based cleaner
  • Paint thinner (as needed)
  • Sandpaper (as needed)
  • Tack cloth
  • Painter's tape (as needed)
  • Spray paint for plastic

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  1. 1

    Clean the plastic shower insert with the ammonia-based cleaner. For brand-new plastic, wipe it down with paint thinner instead.

  2. 2

    If the insert has already been painted, lightly sand it, and then wipe the dust away with a tack cloth.

  3. 3

    If there are areas of the shower insert that will not be painted, protect them with painter's tape.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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