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How to Paint Rubber Balls

By Jeffrey Brian Airman ; Updated April 18, 2017
Mix paint colors to create new rubber ball designs.

You can paint a rubber ball to change its color and leave it with a shiny new exterior. Rubber balls are available in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate all kinds of active play. It may be difficult to find a ball in both the size and color scheme you are looking for. A few layers of paint and a little patience takes the rubber sphere from just another bouncing ball to a personalized toy craft.

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Soak the corner of a cloth in isopropyl alcohol and thoroughly wipe down the surface of the rubber ball.

Position a pedestal in the center of your painting area (don't forget to cover the floor with some newspaper). The pedestal can be a toilet paper tube for larger balls and an empty pen tube for smaller rubber balls. Place the ball on the pedestal.

Apply rubber primer to the topside of the ball. Allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions before turning the ball upside down and covering the other side with primer. Let it dry.

Apply a thin coat of the latex paint by holding the can at least 8 inches from the surface of the rubber ball at all times. Turn the ball over on the pedestal and paint the other side once the first half has dried completely. Continue spinning the ball around in the pedestal and adding thin layers of paint until you are satisfied with the color.

Things You Will Need

  • Isopropyl alcohol, 91 percent
  • Cloth
  • Newspaper
  • Toilet paper tube or empty marker tube
  • Rubber primer
  • Latex spray paint

Tip

Allow the final coat of paint to dry overnight before using the rubber ball.

Store the rubber ball indoors and avoid extreme temperatures and moisture to protect the paint.

Warning

Always paint in a well ventilated area and wear a mask or respirator to avoid fume inhalation.

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About the Author

Jeffrey Brian Airman is a writer, musician and food blogger. A 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Airman has used his experience to cover food, restaurants, cooking and do-it-yourself projects. Airman also studied nursing at San Diego State University.

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