Introduction: Painting ABS Plastic

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I made it at TechShop!

ABS is only available in a couple of colors. This is how you can paint it to whatever color you want.

Step 1: Prep

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Many sources suggest scuffing the smooth side with steel wool or sandpaper, you may want to do that but I had good results without it. I did wash the plastic thoroughly with simple green. You can also use dish soap that doesn't have hand softeners,

Step 2: Paint It

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TechShop has a nice paint booth with ventilation, paint the plastic with a couple of light coats to minimize chances of runs and defects. I painted the inside first so I could flip it without marring the paint. Allow about 10 minutes between coats.

Step 3: Allow to Dry

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Let it dry for 30 minutes to an hour before touching it. Now you're pretty much done!


DIY-Guy (author)2014-05-10

Clean, paint. Simple.
What type of paint, or what grade is recommended? (Not asking brand name here, but the specs please.)

Fikjast Scott (author)2014-02-17

Great project. I still working on painting plastics, this will help.

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