How to spray paint plastic bins

In this guide today, I will teach you the method to spray paint plastic bins with satisfactory results.

Because this method which I am gonna share with you is tried and tested by me and my professional painter fellows.

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So, you can rely on this guide solely to do the job with good results.

While spray paint is the quickest way to give any surface the look of the latest trends, it can also be a bit intimidating.

“Can you really spray paint plastic bins?” is a question I often hear from my readers. I’ve set out to test out a few different methods for spray painting plastic bins.

You’re right! Spray painting plastic bins is totally possible. In fact, with a few precautions, you can spray paint almost any type of bin.

You just have to know how to do it right. In this blog, I explain exactly how you can spray paint plastic bins to fit your needs.

Prepare the workplace

When preparing workspace, it is best to find a location that you can spray paint without worrying about overspray contaminating your car or house.

You should also choose a workspace where you won’t be interrupted. If your workspace is small and you have a full-time job, it is best to find a location that is not close to your workplace.

Select an outdoor location – one with good ventilation to ensure proper drying – and spread a plastic tarp across the surface you’re working on.

Put the bins upside down on top of it, a few inches away from one another, and lay the container lids neatly and flatly side by side next to them.

spray painting plastic bins

Prime the surface of plastic bins

If you are like me and hate the way cheap plastic bins look when you paint them, then this is for you.  

I discovered this trick from a blog one day. The idea is that you prime the plastic bin with a clear coat of spray paint before you paint over it with your desired color.

The clear coat acts as a barrier and will prevent the paint from seeping into the cracks and crevices of the plastic bin. It’s really easy and works like a charm.

Should we sand the plastic bins?

Unfortunately, sanding only scratches the surface. The plastic itself is not solid enough to sand it down completely.

However, there is a way to do it. It will not be the best or fastest method, but it will work.

If you are sanding by hand, there are two ways you can go about this. You can either sand the surface with a rough sandpaper, or you can use a power sander.

Both will work but power sanding will give you a better finished product.

Start spraying plastic bins

When it comes to painting, remember to shake that can of paint and spray in short bursts.

Don’t try to cover a large area in one go; instead use multiple layers, spraying in between coats and keeping your distance from the metal.

In order to spray plastic bins, we should first make sure the spray paint has good coverage. When spraying the paint to this kind of bins, we need to use a little more spray paint.

After spraying it, we should wait several seconds and then spray it again. The second time we spray, it will give us a more pronounced color.

The paint should not be too thick. If it’s too thick, it will take a long time to dry.


Two types of spray paint that work best on plastic are Krylon Fusion for Plastic, and Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover. Both of these spray paints are designed for plastic and are guaranteed to remain intact for several years. Please note that these paints will only stick to plastic, so if you’re trying to paint a rubber surface, these will not be suitable.

Spray paint doesn’t stick to non-porous surfaces very well. So when you try spray-painting plastic bins from Dollar Tree, it will look like you are painting water (a lot of it!). The best thing to do is to paint the DIY-painted plastic bins with a good primer, and then spray paint it with an exterior spray-paint. While it is possible to spray paint the Dollar Tree bins, it’s not easy, but it is not impossible either. It will take a lot of effort and time. Also, it’s very likely that you will have to repaint it more than once. So if you are looking for a DIY project that will give you a lot of bang for your buck, then this is not it.

Yes you can! You must make sure that the plastic is clean and completely dry. You can use a fine sandpaper for cleaning. The plastic must be completely dry. The paint will stick best if you apply it to a clean surface that is warm. Paint can still stick if the surface is slightly oily or humid, but the paint will be less durable. You can use a hairdryer to make the surface warm. If the surface is not smooth, the paint will bubble or flake. The surface should be smooth and dull, not shiny. If it is shiny or feels sticky it’s not dry. If the plastic feels greasy you can clean it with soap and water and then dry it. If you are using spray paint with a primer (which you should) you should apply the first coat of paint to a clean dry surface. Then apply a coat of primer and let it dry for about 3 minutes. Then apply the final coat of paint.

It is not recommended to spray paint plastic without pre-sanding it. The paint will peel off the surface easily which makes the item look cheap. To avoid this, always sand the surface first, then prime it and spray the paint. This is the easiest way to paint plastic. It is always better to sand the surfaces rather than to paint over them.

Final thoughts on How to spray paint plastic bins

Now you can spray paint plastic bins and get a professional-looking finish every time. No more guessing.

No more wasting paint. No more trying to sand off the finish and start over. All you need is patience and the following tips.

We hope you found this article helpful. Feel free to ask your query in the comments section.

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