Painting on Styrofoam | Michaels

One of the most asked questions
when anyone comes into the Michael’s store is what kind of paint can I use on Styrofoam well you know there is only one good answer and that’s acrylic paint there is one spray
paint you can use on Styrofoam and that’s designmaster you can not use regular
latex or enamel spray paints on Styrofoam Styrofoam because it will just
disintegrate the Styrofoam. So again the best thing to is acrylic paint. What I’m going to do is
just use a sponge brush. Now the one thing that you’ll know
Styrofoam is very very porous porous so when you’re
painting on the Styrofoam it’s going to take you several
coats for it to go over and what you need to
do is just paint and let it dry because you want it to go when you are all
done you don’t want to see any of the white white in the Styrofoam so it may take
you several coats for you to go back over and really get that good. And that’s ok let it just dry in between
coats and go back over it. Now you know another little trick
when you want to paint some Styrofoam but you don’t want to get your hands
all messy this is the best thing thing I just put a craft stick down into
the Styrofoam and paint it. But you know another little trick what
I’m going to do with it when I’m all done and it’s all wet so you know what
just use another piece of Styrofoam Styrofoam to use for a great handle. So remember you can’t use spray paint
on Styrofoam except for Designmaster. The best thing to use and the only good outlook
you are going to get is from acrylic paint.


  • Plegodego

    Or water based spray paint.

  • XCyclonusX

    Why is some styrofoam, like the kin d in your example, very rigid and stiff, and other styrofoam, like the kind used in packing is very soft and easy to cut?

  • Trimere

    Or just seal it with a water based acrylic sealant first, then you can use whatever paint you like on it.

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  • Lily Margiljaj

    good! i bought design master!

  • JuryDutySummons

    @XCyclonusX It's made differently.

  • Cesar Moreno

    i justs praypainted on Styrofoam and it melted, shoulda watched this video first..

  • Abraham Delatorre

    Styrofoam is a brand name. Looking at the name polySTYRene, It was Dow who just add O-Foam after the caps letters. Get it , It's all the same. Its people nature to use the brand name word to describe something. Ex. Velcro, etc.
    Good video very helpful.

  • Abraham Delatorre

    Same reason why some plastics are soft and others are hard. Ingredients. And how it was made and shaped I also would guess.

  • Abraham Delatorre

    Gesso seems to work to later apply anything else afterwords.

  • youronlycow

    I have broken the laws of spray painting styrofoam. Check my video and I guarantee you won't regret if you wanna spray paint foam with REGULAR spray paint.

  • Erica Wong

    is the academic kind latex?

  • Michael

    How much is as acrylic paint in Michaels store?

  • m79

    I waish I would have known this. I just waisted 40$. I'm so pissed! Freaking lady at Michaels should have told me that.

  • Phantyro

    OMG! I bought styrofoam AND acrylic paint without knowing, thank goodness I reassure myself

  • lasher500

    As Abraham pointed out….use GESSO. Problem solved.

  • Benedict Maddara

    can i use poster paint?

  • Michelle Sullivan

    I own a sign company and we make a ton of 3D styrofoam signs and spray nothing except acrylics and never have issues. Professionals only use acrylics. 

  • ngatiramona

    Love this, thank you for the tips. Can you varnish it afterwards for a glossy waterproof seal? Thanks in advance.

  • Jonathan Sheneman

    Boy, 240p just makes those details pop out!

  • Captain Anopheles

    you can put pva glue over the foam first to stop soaking up (and perhaps spray paint damage)

  • Megan Garcia

    the only reason I say this is untrue slightly is because you CAN spray paint with regular spray paint but it MUST be done at least 12" away (since the solvents dissolve into the air then so only the paint reaches the Styrofoam)…OR in addition to this, you can create a safe barrier by first painting the Styrofoam with Elmer's glue thoroughly, allowing to dry clear, THEN spray painting. don't be fooled that if you want a spray paint finish you HAVE to buy expensive paint. (look up what I suggested on Google and youtube for yourself). 🙂

  • Eryk Freethinker

    Thank you Jo, this information came at just the right time and was well demonstrated.

  • Confuzledish

    She sounds so maaad.

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  • The Wrestling CHICK NETWORK

    Thank you for sharing this. ????

  • ThomasTheSailor Chubby

    Once it's coated with Acrylic paint, I can spray other paints over the Acrylic.?

  • Captain Redghost

    Yeah cool and all, but you guys overcharge!

  • Casper4299

    Do you have an idea on what type of ink to use for foam cups and PET plastic cups? Were trying to add the logo design of a restaurant onto the cups.

  • Claudio Di Gregorio

    Dunno why she says latex (which is water based) won't do. Other advisers suggest water based paint after a water based primer.


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