The 8 Best Paints for Plastic of 2019

The right type of paint will adhere without chipping

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Krylon Fusion for Plastic at Amazon

"Can coat large areas quickly or smaller instruments and toys."

Best Budget: Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Ultra Cover at Amazon

"Reviewers found that this paint was easy to use, inexpensive, and did a good job."

Best for Toys: Artariel Paint Markers at Amazon

"The angled tip can create a more precise line when working with small toys."

Best for Plastic Models: Testors Acrylic Value Finishing Paint 9196T at Amazon

"Users say it has better color choices and higher quality at a value price."

Best for Chairs: Rust-Oleum Specialty Plastic at Amazon

"It will add a layer of protection from the elements."

Best for Outdoor: Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover at Home Depot

"Formula is designed to be long-lasting and durable."

Best for Shutters: Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer at Amazon

"A wide variety of colors to choose from to match most any exterior."

Best for Auto Parts: Rust-Oleum Automotive 12 oz. Satin Spray at Home Depot

"Doesn’t need a primer to stick to slick surfaces that are prone to scratches."

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    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 rotating around sharp edges or wide curves seamlessly. 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 the Krylon Fusion for Plastic is resistant to chipping, which is ideal for high-traffic area 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.

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    Best Budget: Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Ultra Cover

    Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Ultra Cover

    Courtesy of Amazon

    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 Painters Touch Multi-Purpose 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 15 minutes for the average coat. Reviewers rave about the full coverage and even coat with no drips or orange peel effect.

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    Best for Toys: Artariel Paint Markers

    If a favored toy has seen better days, a fresh coat of paint will 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 more 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.

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    Best for Plastic Models: Testors Acrylic Value Finishing Paint 9196T

    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 wide variety of colors that can be mixed to produce specific or custom shades for miniatures and models.

    Testors Acrylic Value Finishing Paint kit has better color choices and higher quality paint at a value price, according to regular 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. The nine colors make it easier 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.

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    Best for Chairs: Rust-Oleum Specialty Plastic

    Instead of buying a new chair, try a coat of Rust-Oleum’s direct-to-plastic spray paint and give your chair new life. It will add a layer of protection from the elements, which is important if your chair will be positioned on a deck during the summer months. It's guaranteed to not chip within a year of being applied—although it is still susceptible to serious scratches from rough treatment that tends to occur outdoors.

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

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    Best for Outdoor: Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover

    Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover

    Courtesy of Home Depot

    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 to choose from than many other brands of its caliber. Plus, the paint formula is designed to be long-lasting and durable.

    The angled tip makes it easier to push through big jobs without causing cramps in hands or forearms. If you're worried about the drying time, it is dry to the touch within 20 minutes, which make fast work of big jobs that require multiple coats. Reviewers loved the full and even coverage with no drips or orange peel effect.

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    Best for Shutters: Krylon Dual Superbond Paint + Primer

    To paint shutters that frame the outside windows, high-quality acrylic latex paint is best. Krylon Fusion is specifically designed to adhere to plastic without the need to sand or prime the pieces. There's a wide variety of colors to choose from, ranging from natural warm reds to pastels that resemble the color of stucco. This paint works on vinyl, laminates, and melamine.

    Keep in mind that the Krylon formula is ideal for situations where the paint is applied is a lighter shade than the original shutters. The paint is dry to the touch within 25 minutes between each coat. The design of the spray head helped cut down on wasted paint when over spraying edges to get around corners and complicated parts.

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    Best for Auto Parts: Rust-Oleum Automotive 12 oz. Satin Spray

    Rust-Oleum Automotive 12 ounce Satin Spray

    Courtesy of Home Depot

    When the wear and tear of hitting the road hit the hubcaps, grates or other plastic parts on the car, a coat of paint can revive faded or. 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 that the recommended second coat for the best appearance and protection can be applied within a few minutes of the first paint pass. Follow the instructions to get the best results. It’s rust-resistant and provides protection from typical road conditions that can ding and mar plastic car parts such as bumpers and trim. The comfort tip can handle any position, including sideways and upside down to get to areas that are under the carriage or squeezed between parts.