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Forum topic by Betsy posted 11-29-2008 06:09 PM 5159 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2008 06:09 PM

Will PVC pipe take an enamel paint without chipping off before Christmas morning is over?


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#1 posted 11-29-2008 06:20 PM


Scuff the surface first with a scuff pad, steel wool, fine sandpaper or some abrasive scouring powder to provide some mechanical adhesion.

Final rinse with a vinegar solution ( for the mild acidic wash), and you should be ok for a short term project.


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#2 posted 11-29-2008 06:26 PM

Terrific. Thanks Q!

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#3 posted 11-29-2008 06:31 PM

Scuff and use gripper primer first.. It will bond well and hten you can paint as you like. i have used gripper on ceramic successfully too.

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#4 posted 11-29-2008 06:39 PM

You might check with Rustoleum they make some paints specifically for plastics they might work on PCV, I’ve used it and it’s worked good for me. I used it on lawn chairs and it really stays on.

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#5 posted 11-29-2008 07:35 PM


I have sprayed thinned, water based exterior house paint on plastic spoutings/gutters. Holds up pretty well. I did wash it down with vinegar and water solution first.


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#6 posted 12-01-2008 04:49 PM

For the best results use a scuff the surface and use a plastic paint primer. Most places carry the primers in spray cans as well.

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#7 posted 12-01-2008 06:08 PM

I use an epoxy chormate primer then any paint will hold fast to it.

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#8 posted 12-01-2008 06:37 PM

I’ve used that rustoleum paint specially formulated for plastic on a PVC coat tree I built about 4 years ago, and it’s still hanging on beautifully
Scuff the surface first of course

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#9 posted 12-01-2008 08:56 PM

Thanks guys. I appreciate the tips.

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#10 posted 12-02-2008 12:37 AM

When I was modding a desktop computer, I was painting some of the plastic. Unless you are trying to use materials you already own, you may want to check out the autoparts store. There are products called “vinyl dyes”. They cost the same as a can of spray paint and work just the same. It sticks great. If you want, I can see about posting a picture later. Just PM me if you want to see it and I’ll try to post it here. Any clues as to what you are trying to make?

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