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Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Burruel » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:54 pm

I just painted an older boat nat gear camo. I'm looking to paint the boat seats I just picked up to match, as well as my oars and maybe an ice chest.

The seats aren't anything special, just the $20 hard plastic specials... Anybody know the trick to make that paint stick?

Thanks in advace for any tips.
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby loon » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:22 am

I took 80 grit sandpaper and gouged the entire seat with it then used the krylon for plastic paint It still looks really good several years later
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Willie » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:59 pm

Yeah the krylon primer should work.
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Burruel » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:43 am

Thanks! Worked great.
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:03 am

do a search on the HH, I had a thread up on painting plastic and there is a spray on treatment that makes paint stick to plastic.
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby triplecurl » Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:55 pm

There's a self etching primer in a spray can (cant remember the brand) I've used and it works very good. I assume they still make it, but I haven't bought any in quite a while tho.
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby triplecurl » Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:55 pm

It may be the same stuff Swamp is talking about.
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:09 pm

triplecurl wrote:It may be the same stuff Swamp is talking about.

the stuff I am talking about is not a primer. it chemically changes the plastic surface to make the paint stick....it's what car makers use and developed for plastic. decoy makers use it before they paint. if you do not treat the surface, any paint will wear off.

BTW-best damn paint if you can still find it is the old marine lead paint-stuff is like armor!!
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby triplecurl » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:46 pm

Indaswamp wrote:
triplecurl wrote:It may be the same stuff Swamp is talking about.

the stuff I am talking about is not a primer. it chemically changes the plastic surface to make the paint stick....it's what car makers use and developed for plastic. decoy makers use it before they paint. if you do not treat the surface, any paint will wear off.

BTW-best damn paint if you can still find it is the old marine lead paint-stuff is like armor!!


Tough stuff for sure.

Way too dangerous for the environment and your health tho. :wink:
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:56 pm

triplecurl wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:
triplecurl wrote:It may be the same stuff Swamp is talking about.

the stuff I am talking about is not a primer. it chemically changes the plastic surface to make the paint stick....it's what car makers use and developed for plastic. decoy makers use it before they paint. if you do not treat the surface, any paint will wear off.

BTW-best damn paint if you can still find it is the old marine lead paint-stuff is like armor!!


Tough stuff for sure.

Way too dangerous for the environment and your health tho. :wink:

not anymore dangerous than the lead weights I'm using on the deeks.... :wink:
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby triplecurl » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:16 pm

Indaswamp wrote:
triplecurl wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:
triplecurl wrote:It may be the same stuff Swamp is talking about.

the stuff I am talking about is not a primer. it chemically changes the plastic surface to make the paint stick....it's what car makers use and developed for plastic. decoy makers use it before they paint. if you do not treat the surface, any paint will wear off.

BTW-best damn paint if you can still find it is the old marine lead paint-stuff is like armor!!


Tough stuff for sure.

Way too dangerous for the environment and your health tho. :wink:

not anymore dangerous than the lead weights I'm using on the deeks.... :wink:


Left the "@" off my previous post.

I'm sure "enviromentally safe" decoy weights are on someone's radar. "Green" fishing weights are already out there.

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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:19 pm

I get free lead and pour my own weights.... :hammer: :hammer: :hammer: :lol3:
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby triplecurl » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:17 pm

Indaswamp wrote:I get free lead and pour my own weights.... :hammer: :hammer: :hammer: :lol3:


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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby fcosby » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:54 am

Perhaps you may try to search with google that you can find what you need.
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Burruel » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:41 pm

I used some stuff from Home Depot, a primer labeled for plastic. Took a sander to the seats and an and ice chest, primed, then painted with an oil based flat. I'll get some photos up, very pleased with the results.
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Re: Good primer for painting plastic?

Postby Burruel » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:59 pm

Seats turned out well, as stated before, used a rattle can primer labled for plastic, followed by an oil based paint. We will see how well this holds up.

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