As a typical southern girl, I swoon over Pinterest and how talented some girls are at painting coolers. If you have a Facebook, (let's be honest, who doesn't?) definitely check out the group called 'The Cooler Connection'. It's literally a huge public forum about coolers, bubba kegs, and flasks! Plus everyone is super friendly and more than happy to share their advice and personal stories.
But continuing on, I've had my few not-so-great failures from painting a cooler..but it's all in good fun! The great thing about it? You can always sand down the plastic, and just start again. Sometimes it can be frustrating if you mess up just the smallest bit, but again, practice makes perfect!
Now, on to the fun part! How exactly do you paint your very own cooler?
- Start by sanding down your cooler with a heavy grit to get the finish off, then use a light grit to help smooth the surface. Wash with soapy water to get all remaining dust off.
- Use a plastic primer (spray paint or Krylon Fusion) and wait for it to fully dry before painting.
- Acrylic paints work best, but for small details, paint pens are extremely helpful.
- Make sure to seal your hard work! Modpodge or spray paint sealer are both good options. Multiple coats will insure that your paint will stay in good condition and will postpone fading or discoloration.
- Wait 24 hours after applying sealant before use.