The 8 Best Paints for Plastic of 2020

The right type of paint will adhere without chipping

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Our Top Picks
"It can coat large areas quickly or smaller instruments and toys."
"Reviewers found that this paint was easy to use, inexpensive, and did a good job."
"The angled tip can create a more precise line when working with small toys."
"Users say it has better color choices and higher quality at a value price."
"It will add a layer of protection from the elements."
"The formula is designed to be long-lasting and durable."
"There's a wide variety of colors to choose from to match most any exterior."
"It doesn’t need a primer to stick to slick surfaces that are prone to scratches."

Best Overall: Krylon Fusion for Plastic

The Krylon Fusion Paint is built to make even the toughest paint jobs easy. The EZ Touch 360-degree dial spray tip allows for seamlessly rotating around sharp edges or wide curves. This can work for coating large areas quickly while also giving a precise shot at small details, such as instruments or toys. The specially designed tip will cut down on overspray, heavy drips, or the orange peel effect that can occur when too much paint gathers too quickly over one area. After one week, the area sprayed with Krylon Fusion for Plastic is resistant to chipping, which is ideal for high-traffic items such as outdoor chairs or table legs.

The formula is designed to avoid the need for a plastic paint primer or sanding, so there is no wasted time or money spent on prepping the item. It comes in a wide range of colors and finishes, too. Users returned to this product (and brand) time and time again for its reliability, long-lasting finish, and ease of use.

Best Budget: Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Multi Purpose Spray Paint

It’s not the least expensive paint option out there, but it's a great value for the price. From car parts to plastic outdoor chairs, Rust-Oleum’s Painter's Touch Ultra Cover consistently covers a slew of plastic and coated objects quickly and evenly.

Reviewers found that while this value paint was easy to use, inexpensive, and did a good job, it required a few cans to get adequate coverage and the desired aesthetic appeal. The paint dries quickly—within 20 minutes for the average coat. Reviewers raved about the full coverage and even coat with no drips or orange peel effect.

Best for Toys: ARTarlei Permanent Paint Markers

If a favorite toy has seen better days, a fresh coat of paint can give it new life and save it from the trash. ARTarlei makes a fine-point marker that is filled with oil-based paint for an indelible coat on the finer points of tiny toys. Return a treasured figurine or model to its former glory with a fresh coat of paint in a rainbow of colors.

The angled tip can create a precise line when working to restore small toys with intricate designs or edges. It comes with a one-year replacement warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee.

Best for Plastic Models: Testors Acrylic Value Finishing Paint Set

When applying detail to plastic models with paint, the correct paint can cut down on blurring or chipping once the paint dries. Most paints for models come in sets. Testors makes a starter set with a variety of colors that can be mixed to produce specific or custom shades for miniatures and models.

Testors Acrylic Value Finishing Paint kit has excellent color choices and high-quality paint at a value price, according to users. In addition to the typical primary colors, Testors has also included metallics to offer a wide range of choices for painting plastic toys. The metallic shades are perfect for painting armored figurines or tiny trim on toy cars.

Plus, the nine colors make it easy to create exact colors to match antique models and further protect favored tchotchkes from the elements. The satin-finish paint attaches well to the minuscule nooks and crannies of figurines, model cars, trains, planes, ships, and other hand-painted collectibles.

Best for Chairs: Rust-Oleum Paint for Plastic Spray

Instead of buying a new chair, try a coat of Rust-Oleum’s direct-to-plastic spray paint to give your chair new life. It will add a layer of protection from the elements, which is important if the chair is outdoor furniture. It's guaranteed not to chip within a year of application, though it is still susceptible to scratches from rough treatment.

If the layer of paint gets a scratch, Rust-Oleum’s formula allows you to spray directly onto the plastic to fill small gaps, and no sanding or priming is needed. A quick pass with the can over the damaged area can blend the surface scar into the surrounding paint.

Best for Outdoor: Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Multi Purpose Spray Paint

A paint and primer in one can, Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover can cover more square feet than most of its counterparts. If you need to paint a large, flat area, such as a shed, this covers up to 50 square feet. It comes in a wide variety of colors—twice as many as several other brands of its caliber. Plus, the paint formula is designed to be long-lasting and durable.

The angled tip makes it easy to push through big jobs without causing cramps in hands or forearms. And it is typically dry enough for another coat in about an hour, which makes fast work of big jobs that require multiple layers of paint. Reviewers loved the full and even coverage with no drips or orange peel effect.

Best for Shutters: Krylon Dual' Superbond Paint and Primer

To paint shutters that frame outside windows, high-quality acrylic latex paint is best. Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer is specifically designed to adhere without the need to sand or prime. This paint works on vinyl, laminate, and melamine, as well as wood, metal, wicker, and more. Plus, there's a variety of colors to choose from, including a neutral almond, medium green, and deep red.

The paint should be dry to the touch within about 25 minutes. And the design of the spray head is meant to give you control when you're targeting corners and other intricate areas, which helps to cut down on wasted paint.

Best for Auto Parts: Rust-Oleum 12 oz. Gloss Black Enamel Spray Paint

When the wear and tear of hitting the road affect your hubcaps, grates, or other plastic parts on the car, a coat of paint can revive them. Rust-Oleum Automotive doesn’t need a primer to stick to slick plastic surfaces that are prone to pits and scratches during the daily commute. The small can covers 12 square feet of road-weary auto parts. It dries quickly, so the recommended second coat for the best appearance and protection can be applied within a few minutes of the first.

This paint is rust-resistant and provides protection from typical road conditions that can ding and mar plastic car parts, such as bumpers and trim. Plus, the comfort tip can handle any painting position, including sideways and upside down, to get to difficult-to-reach areas.

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