Good Questions: Painting a Plastic Chair

Good Questions: Painting a Plastic Chair

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Carrie McBride
Apr 25, 2008

Elle writes in:

I have a question I'm hoping somebody on here can help me with. I have a very loved vintage Cosco chair from when I was a youngin' [similar to photo above, but yellow]. It was given to a neighbor and not taken very good care of. Now that I have a baby they gave it back. The body is fine, no serious scratches, no cracks, but it definitely needs a touch-up. My husband scrubbed it clean but we realize now it needs a paint job. How does one go about refinishing a plastic chair with non-toxic paints for a 1 year old who likes to chew on things? Is this even possible?

This is a toughie, Elle. If you were painting just any old plastic chair we'd recommend a RustOleum Paint for Plastic Spray which comes in almost a dozen colors. That the chair will be used by a 1-year old (who will likely chew on it) complicates things so we're hoping readers will have some good information and ideas for you.

One thought is to use RustOleum's Plastic Primer which prepares the surface for better paint adherence. RustOleum says you can use any top coat paint with it so you could then choose a non-toxic, child-safe paint, but we would recommend contacting the company to ask about the safety of this strategy.

Readers - help!

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