Posted Nov 18, 2014 by Elmers
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    Permanent Painters: How to Make Elmer's Painters® Last Longer on Dishware

    Find out how you can bake Painters® decorated items to increase your design's longevity!

    Have you ever wondered if you could make your Painters® paint-decorated mugs and other dishware a bit more permanent? Well the good news is, you can! Let's face it, why would you want to have your unique, one-of-a-kind design washed away after you spent so much time on it? So here's a quick and simple instruction guide on how you can bake your Painters® items to increase the lifespan of your designs. (Note: Baking method should only be used on oven-safe items).


    • Clean item with soapy water.
    • With clean paper towel, wipe item with rubbing alcohol to remove any soapy residue.
    • Air dry.
    • Decorate your item(s) using Elmer's Painters® paint markers.
    • Once decorating is complete, allow time for paint to completely dry.
    • Place item(s) on oven safe pan, and bake for 30 minutes at 225 degrees. (*Do not preheat oven).
    • Turn oven off. Leave items in oven to cool for hour before removing.
    • Set items aside for 24 hours hours prior to use and then enjoy!
    • Handwash items only. 
    • Do not microwave.

    Additional notes: Painters® are made with non-toxic acrylic paint, but avoid painting the rim of dishware to minimize beverage contact (leave ¾” gap from rim). Decorated items can be sprayed with clear acrylic sealer to increase paint durability.

    (Project created by Mandy at


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