How to Paint Greek Paddles

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Greek paddles are keepsakes that are given to a sorority or fraternity member at initiation, usually by an already initiated member who is considered a mentor. Greek paddles can be purchased finished or unfinished. Either way, painting a paddle is a great way to personalize a gift for a friend or to update your own paddle that has probably been sitting in your attic for years.

Things You'll Need

  • Greek paddle
  • Mild soap
  • Sand paper (optional)
  • Primer
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush

Step 1

Clean the paddle thoroughly using a mild soap and water. Allow the paddle to dry completely.

Step 2

Use a paint brush to apply a thick coat of paint thinner to the paddle. Allow the paint thinner to penetrate the topcoat of the paddle according the directions, usually 20 to 30 minutes. Use steel wool to remove the topcoat in a circular motion. Skip this step if your paddle is unfinished.

Step 3

Apply a thin, even coat of primer using a brush. Allow the primer to dry completely.

Step 4

Brush on a base coat of craft paint using even strokes. Apply multiple thin coats rather than one thick coat for the best finished product. Allow paint to dry completely between coats.

Step 5

Add designs or greek letters to your paddle using a small artist's brush. Allow paint to dry.

Step 6

Use a clean brush to apply a coat of polyurethane to the paddle. Polyurethane comes in both matte and glossy finishes.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Using faux finishing techniques like antiquing or ragging can turn a paddle into a decorative keepsake that you will love to display on the walls of your home for years.

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