Have you heard of those Yeti cups? How about the Ozark ones from Walmart? You may have seen some awesome painted ones and you may have wondered… how in the heck do they do that? Well, wonder no more! I have recorded a quick tutorial that shows how to swirl paint/marble paint your tumblers!
You can use Rustoleum spray paint to paint your tumblers along with a simple method using water as your transfer medium! It is similar to the method of “hydro dipping” in the fact that you are using water (hydro) and you will be dipping (dipping) your cups into the painted water! You can get spray paint at most any supermart or hardware and crafts stores, but my favorite place to shop for spray paint is Michaels! They have so many awesome color options that wal mart and home depot/lowes just doesn’t seem to have! You can shop online and use their awesome coupon codes on your purchase! I also get my food safe sealers ( It is called Amazing Clear Cast.) for my tumblers from Michaels.com! Amazing Clear Cast can be purchased here!
Stainless Steel Tumbler
Rustoleum Brand Spray Enamel (In colors of your choice)
80 grit Sandpaper
A tub/container tall enough that your tumbler can be completely submerged
Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy Resin
A Kebob skewer
Step 1: Using electrical tape, tape around the top area and the bottom area of your stainless steel tumbler.
Step 2: Sand your tumbler by hand with your sand paper.
Step 3: Use Isopropyl Alcohol to wipe down and clean your tumbler after sanding.
Step 4: Spray your tumbler with your base color (I usually use white). Allow ample time to dry,
Step 4: Fill your container with cold water.
Step 5: Put on your gloves and after shaking your spray paint cans really well, spray into the middle of your container, into the water. Each time you spray a new color, spray it into the middle of the color you just sprayed previously. WORK FAST, if you don’t your paint will dry on top of the water and will not work correctly! Sometimes I find it helps to have a partner to help spray so that it goes quicker and you are not fumbling around with paint cans and wasting time.
Step 6: Use your skewer to swirl your paints together on the top of the water.
Step 7: Slowly submerge your tumbler, bottom first, into the paint and water. Before lifting out your tumbler, use the skewer to remove any left over paint floating around the tumbler.
Step 8: Lift out tumbler and let it dry overnight.
Step 9: Once dry, follow directions on the Amazing Clear Cast to mix up your epoxy resin. Apply with a paint brush that you don’t plan to reuse or you can slowly pour on. (NOTE! Some people like to add vinyl decals to their tumblers! If you are one of those people, be sure to add the decal BEFORE applying the clear cast! ) Allow the epoxy to dry for 24 hours minimum!
Step 10: Remove the electrical tape.
Check out the video tutorial below to see how it is done!
Check out my video on how I swirl paint my tumblers!
Some folks tend to argue that spray paint is toxic and should not be used on cups. After speaking with a representative from Rustoleum, I have found that any spray paint sold in the U.S. is required to be completely NON-TOXIC after drying! So it is completely safe. In fact, upon more research, I have found out that many people even spray paint their children’s beds and furniture and that is completely safe as well. The only toxicity comes from the VOCs, which are the chemicals/gasses that are emitted into the air as the paint dries, so PLEASE do this in a well ventilated area or outdoors!
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