How to Respray Plastic

Updated March 27, 2017

Re-spraying any plastic surface is a relatively easy procedure that requires just a few minutes of your time. Using household materials and spraypaint, you can recondition or change the colour of plastic trim and plastic parts. You can restore faded plastic trim pieces on your car or any worn plastic pieces that you want to bring back to their near original look.

Place the newspaper on the ground, either outside or inside, underneath the plastic object or surface that you're respraying. The newspaper will catch any paint that doesn't hit the object, thus preventing any unwanted painted surfaces.

Hold the spraypaint can approximately 8 to 12 inches away from the plastic object and depress the spray paint can's nozzle.

Move the spray paint can in a smooth back-and-forth motion, without decreasing the distance from the object, to equally coat it with spraypaint. Each coat of paint should only require about four to five seconds of compression.

Allow the first coat of paint to dry and apply additional coats of paint as needed. The first coat may take anywhere from five to 15 minutes to dry, depending on the environment in which you're painting.


Use sandpaper before and after painting to clear up any nicks and chips on the surface of the object that you're painting.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Spraypaint
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Peter Grant has been a professional writer since 1998 and software engineer since 1995. He has contributed to academic papers, open-source software projects and technical documentation across several industries. Grant holds a master's degree in public policy from National University.