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I’ve been collecting vinyl records for a couple of years now.
Not only do I love the sound of them, but I also love the way they look.
One day I decided that I’d love to start painting vinyl records. For someone who loves music like me, it would be such a fun art piece!
I went to a thrift store and picked up a few records and started experimenting with painting them.
It took a few tries before I figured out the method that worked best for me. 🙂
Here’s my method for painting vinyl records!
Prepping the record
The first time I painted a vinyl record, I just started painting directly on the record, and the paint didn’t stick very well. It kept peeling off.
So, now I have a little process for prepping the record before I start painting.
- Clean the record
- Prime the record
I use this Rust-Oleum spray paint and primer in “Satin White” and it works really well. It also gives the record coat of white paint which is nice.
Then the record is ready to paint! After it dries of course, haha.
For painting the records, I just use my regular acrylic paint (which is this set here).
I’ve also tried using my beloved Posca acrylic markers, but I usually have to 3-ish coats with them to get it to fully and evenly cover the record.
So acrylic paint or acrylic markers are definitely the best materials to use to decorate your record, in my humble opinion.
I’ve also seen some people use spray paint for their records so you can definitely use that too if it’s more appealing to you!
As you can see from my attempts above, the outcome can be pretty cool! You can get really creative with how you want to paint the records.
I love making them look kinda psychedelic-y because I just feel like it goes with the look of the record.
When you’re done painting the record, you should also varnish it. I use Liquitex Matte Varnish for this.
After that, you’re done! Admire your awesome creation. 😉
Side note: you can purchase painted vinyl records from my Etsy shop here!
Have you ever tried painting vinyl records? Is this something you’d like to try? Let’s chat in the comments!