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Old 12-13-2010, 11:41 PM   #1
William F. Burgess
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Painting rubber bumper plates

Being on a budget, I can't afford the fancy colored training plates so black rubber bumpers will have to do for now.

I really want to them to have the IWF color coding so I figure I will try to paint them. Looks like quite a few people do this. I was wondering if any of you have had any luck with getting the paint to stick. What type will work best on rubber?
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:22 AM   #2
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Re: Painting rubber bumper plates

I know that krylon has spray paint that bonds with plastic although I have never used it, maybe that would bond to rubber as well?
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:24 AM   #3
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Re: Painting rubber bumper plates

The paint will eventually flake off and leave quite a mess.

We've had luck with different colored tape wrapped around the round part of the plate.
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:32 AM   #4
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Re: Painting rubber bumper plates

I've thought about painting the inside of each bumper, I think the paint would chip everywhere if you painted the outside. The best idea is to paint the inside where it will never touch anything else and tape the main outer ring.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:28 AM   #5
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Re: Painting rubber bumper plates

Just tape the outside, because that's all that matters when you load up the bar.
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:38 AM   #6
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Re: Painting rubber bumper plates

Thanks for all the responses. Should I use the colored electrical tape or duct?

Looks like it is possible to paint rubber with this new product. If it wasn't so darned expensive I might give it a try. WFS and my apologies if this breaks the rule about showing advertisments of a product.

http://www.parasolinc.com/Products.a...tID=RUBBERBOND

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Old 12-14-2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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Re: Painting rubber bumper plates

Colored electrical tape.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:31 PM   #8
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Re: Painting rubber bumper plates

I've tried both the Krylon paint for plastic and the duct tape. The paint was a pain and didn't last all that long. The duct tape seems to work out better although it does have to be replaced every 6-12 months, more if it's in heavy use. I found colored duct tape at the local Fred Meyers store. It's easier to find the correct colors in electrical tape but it doesn't seem to last as long.
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