Painting ABS Plastic




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

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

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

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



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    11 months ago

    Should've shown the label of the can that you used, since you do show the can on the floor. One extra click isn't too tough, is it?

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    TechShop asked us to post things related to projects we're working on, so there it is. Since most TechShop members work on stuff they sell, I'd expect there are many products visible on Instructables from different members.


    4 years ago on Introduction

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