Painting coolers has become a way to express your artistic side. With a little paint and creativity it is possible to turn any cool box into a work of art. Find how.
Part 1 of 7: Portable Fridge
Step 1. Get a cooler
- Look for one second hand, you can find it in a thrift store or at a flea market. The important thing is that it closes properly, the paint will cover dents or surface damage.
- Buy a new one. Prices range from € 15 to € 60.
Step 2. Choose one without wheels to make it easier to paint
The smoother your fridge, the easier it will be to paint it.
A smooth surface is preferable to an uneven one
Part 2 of 7: Fill the Holes
Step 1. Check the fridge
If it has any scratches or dents, follow the next step.
Step 2. Fill the dents with putty and a putty knife
You can find putty, primers, and other paint tools in home improvement or DIY stores.
Step 3. Follow the instructions on the package when using the putty
It should dry in about 12 hours.
Part 3 of 7: Sand the Fridge
Step 1. Use thick grit sandpaper to smooth the cooler surface
Sand all sides of the fridge you plan to paint.
Step 2. Go over the surfaces with a finer sandpaper
Step 3. Rinse the fridge
Then wash it with mild soap. Rinse and let it dry.
Part 4 of 7: Primer
Step 1. Apply the primer to the surfaces of your cooler
Step 2. Move the fridge outside
Painting outdoors is preferable.
For best results, try the primer specifically for uneven plastic surfaces. The spray version facilitates and speeds up application
Step 3. Let it dry well
Apply two coats as needed.
Part 5 of 7: Design and Draw
Step 1. Search the Internet for a design you like if you don't already have one in mind
You can print logos and stencils.
Step 2. Buy some tracing paper
Copy the design of your choice onto the tracing paper.
Step 3. Place the transparency on the affected surface of the fridge and copy the guidelines of your design, which will delimit the areas to be painted with other colors
You can also draw directly on the fridge freehand.
Part 6 of 7: Paint
Step 1. Purchase acrylic paint in the color of your choice
You can use other types of paint.
Step 2. Use permanent markers for details and finishes
Tracing the outlines will also be easier.
Step 3. Apply the paint to the cooler, make sure it is thick enough to cover the surface
Use duct tape to draw straight lines. Apply a strip of duct tape to the primed surface of the fridge. Then remove it and trace the outlines
Step 4. Paint one side at a time
Do not tilt the fridge along the painted sides if the paint is still fresh.
Step 5. Once completed, let it dry for approximately 24 hours
Part 7 of 7: Covering
Step 1. Apply a coat of polyurethane topcoat
Make sure you apply it evenly.
Step 2. Wait for it to dry completely
Apply 1 or 2 more coats.