Patriotic Painted Cooler Cover

Most people who attend college in the South are aware that it is tradition for a girl to paint her date a cooler when he brings her to a fraternity event, mostly Carolina Cup (a horse race) and formal. When March rolls around you will see a lot of girls with paint on their hands and know that cooler painting season has arrived. Although this started as a college thing, more and more people have started to make them as gifts or for their own family! For people who find themselves lugging coolers to tailgates, beach houses, and barbecues this kind of thing is for you!  If you do the cooler right it can last forever! I know the priming, sanding, and sealing sounds like a lot of work but you will kick yourself if you don’t. This is how it will look after just one weekend if you don’t prime, sand, and seal :(. Now…let me warn you, this can be quite the project if you are a perfectionist like me. The good news is  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST!!! That’s the beauty about this. There are so many helpful tricks that make this project possible for the artistically challenged and I plan on sharing all of them! What you will need: -A cooler with the flat surfaces. I know the coolers with wheels sound appealing but their sides usually have a lot of ridges that make painting designs pretty difficult. I recommend the flat red igloo cooler shown here. It can be found at Wal-mart and also happens to be the cheapest at around $20. -Spackle or Epoxy (optional if you want to fill in any indented logos) -Coarse and Fine grit sandpaper -Electric Sander (optional but it will make your life a lot easier) -Plastic Primer (spray paint) – Assorted Acrylic Paints and Paint Brushes -Gesso ( optional but may save you money in the long run) -Painters Tape (optional) -Tissue Paper (optional) -Paint Pens for letters and small designs (optional) -Sharpie -Computer -Modge Podge and a large CLEAN paint brush Instructions: -My cooler had an indented igloo logo so I filled it with spackle and waited 12 hours for it to dry. -Take cooler outside and sand cooler with the coarse sandpaper on all surfaces (including over the spackle) until there are no bumps or coating left from the original cooler surface. Then sand cooler with fine grit sandpaper until the surface is very smooth. -You will find yourself in piles of pink dust so make sure to keep a broom handy. Wearing a breathing mask isn’t a bad idea either. I can’t imagine breathing in plastic dust is very good for you. -Make sure your cooler and work area is free of any sanding dust. I swept off the extra dust from the cooler and ground and cleaned the cooler with a wet cloth. -Prime the cooler with Plastic primer. Spray paint primer is easier and a lot of people use Krylon fusion which can also be found at Wal-Mart. I used Valspar Plastic Primer. -Plan out […]

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