How to Turn Blah Buttons into Bodacious Buttonscomments (20) March 20th, 2009
Method Three: Model Paints
Hobby stores carry these little bottles of glossy or matte colors for painting plastic models. The paint is very thin and runny, but it gives opaque coverage with one coat, and the glossy finish in particular looks beautiful on buttons. This is by far the most fume-intensive option and will require a couple days' drying time. The paints come with their own thinner for cleanup.
Model paints held up fairly well in my washer/dryer test. There appears to be some variation depending on the type of plastic the button is made from—some of my samples emerged from the dryer with scuffs, and some were perfect. You can seal your buttons with clear polyurethane sealer before washing.
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