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Spray Paint (Adhesive) Vinyl for Custom Colors! (Silhouette Tutorial)

Silhouette, Silhouette tutorial, spray paint vinyl, vinyl, custom colorsA few weeks ago I cut a big old white 'Welcome' vinyl decal for a door only to realize it wasn't going to work because our back door is white. DUH!  Instead of throwing out that much vinyl and instead of painting my door,  I decided to try to salvage the cut with some spray paint. Seriously I owe spray paint a lot of credit for the number of times it's saved me!

 This was a whole lot of trial and error and I really wasn't sure if it was going to work...there were several points through the process where I was sure it wasn't going to, actually.   But I can tell you it did and I'm happy to be the guinea pig - so whether you messed up and cut on the wrong color vinyl or you just need a custom color vinyl that you can't find or don't want to buy a sheet of vinyl in a color you'll only use once - spray paint to the rescue.
I cut on matte white and it covered nicely with just one coat of spray paint. I'm not sure how a dark color vinyl would cover so if you have the option and you have white on hand that would be my suggestion.

Cut the vinyl and then weed it like you normally would.

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Grab your spray paint and your vinyl (still on the backing) and head outside.  Spray a nice even coat all over the vinyl.  Spray the lightest coat possibly while still fully covering the vinyl.

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Now wait. Wait for at least 24 hours for the spray paint to dry.

When it's complete dry lay your transfer tape onto the vinyl to pick up the design.  Use the Silhouette Scraper to burnish the design onto the tape.

Here is when I thought it wasn't going to work....when I started to peel the tape away from the backing all of the spray paint, even that on the backing came with it.


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You may have to encourage the vinyl to come off the backing in some areas because the paint has dried over the edges of the vinyl onto the backing so it doesn't lift quite as easily.

With this big blue blob on my transfer tape, I placed it on the door.   And at this point I was just praying the blue excess paint didn't somehow stain my white door blue. Wouldn't have wanted to explain that one to the hubs...

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And much to my surprise the tape and all the excess paint peeled away easily while the spray painted vinyl stayed just where I wanted it on the door.

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There are a few little areas of paint chips on the edges (ie around the bottom swoosh on the W), but you can just use your finger to kind of flick them away to get that nice clean edge.

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