How to Paint a Catcher's Mask

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Alter the appearance of your catcher's mask by refinishing it with a fresh coat of paint. Understand a fundamental point before you get started. If you apply primer or paint directly over an under-prepared catcher's mask, shedding will quickly follow. Promote adhesion by abrading the catcher's mask with a coarse sandpaper prior to application. Apply the base and topcoats, using a specific application strategy to prevent the finish from sagging. Choose an enamel formulated to remain durable on surfaces subject to consistent duress, or paint failure may occur.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-based degreaser
  • Coarse sponge
  • Rags
  • Towel
  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Professional painter's tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Acrylic spray primer
  • Acrylic spray enamel

Wash the catcher's mask with a degreasing soap, using a sponge. Rinse the mask with wet rags and dry it with a towel.

Abrade the catcher's mask to promote adhesion. Sand the mask until it feels slightly gritty.

Place professional painter's tape on parts of the catcher's mask that are to remain unpainted. Place the mask on a drop cloth.

Coat the abraded catcher's mask with acrylic spray primer. Maintain a consistent 8-inch distance between the mask and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the mask to dry for two hours.

Coat the abraded catcher's mask with acrylic spray enamel. Maintain a consistent 8-inch distance between the mask and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the mask to dry for two hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to maintain a consistent 8-inch distance between the mask and spray nozzle to prevent the finish from sagging.
  • Do not paint an unprimed catcher's mask, or the enamel will peel.
  • Do not prime an unsanded catcher's mask, or the finish will flake.
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