What Kind of Paint Do You Use on Rubber?

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Rubber surfaces bend and stretch regularly, causing the colour on the surface to flake off. For any rubber object with such flexibility, the choice of a paint that is similarly elastic---such as epoxy or an oil-based formula---might serve you well.

Painting

Epoxy paint has a strong finish that resists flaking and chipping. It's available in both a spray version and one that requires a paintbrush. Oil trousers will also adhere to rubber surfaces, but they require the addition of a thinner.

Considerations

Monster Makers recommends mixing 5 parts rubber cement with one part oil paint. Once you mix the ingredients, add enough white spirit to thin the mixture into a paint-like consistency, as the rubber cement is quite thick.

Prevention

After you have finished painting the rubber surface, let the paint dry overnight. A layer of polyurethane or another type of clear sealant provides protection, keeping the paint from chipping off the rubber.

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