Painting Silicone Phone Case – DIY Tips, Tricks & Ideas

few steps to paint silicone phone case

Customizing your standard iPhone cover is an inexpensive way to spruce up your style without breaking the bank. All you need is a little paint, some creativity, and voila!

You’ve got a one-of-a-kind silicone case that no one else has.

But to get things right without wasting lots of time and effort, you must have the right paint and tools.

While painting a clear silicone phone case isn’t very tough and time-consuming, it’s recommended that you use good quality oil-based paint that sticks best to silicone.

Take a bit of time to prepare and prime the case before painting, and you can get a new customized cover for your phone in a fraction of the time and money it would take to buy one.

Further in this article, I will go into detail about what you need to paint silicone phone cases, how to complete the project from start to finish, and some tips and tricks to get the best results.

Preparing and Painting a Silicone Phone Cover

To get started, first gather your supplies.

Things You’ll Need are as Follows

1-Silicone phone case

2-Oil-based paint




6-Water and Soap (for cleanup)

7-Paper towels or rags (for cleanup)

Step By Step Instructions to Paint the Phone Case

Once you have collected all the materials, start with these steps…

Step 1- Prepare the work area

The very first step is to cover your working area or bench with some old newspapers or a drop cloth.

This will protect the surface from paint spills that can be hard and time-consuming later to clean up.

Step 2- Clean and sand the silicone phone case nicely

Rub a cotton ball with denatured alcohol over the back and sides of the silicone phone cover.

If there are any leather decorations or parts on the cover, clean them with isopropyl alcohol before painting.

Next, sand the cover with fine-grit sandpaper from the outer sides, where you will put the primer and paint.

Step 3- Wash and dry the phone case completely

Wash the phone case with soap and warm water. This will remove any sandpaper dust oose silicone particles or oils that could prevent the paint from adhering properly.

Once you have cleaned the phone case nicely, dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth or a paper towel.

Step 4- Prime the phone case

Apply an oil-based primer to the back side of the silicone phone case using a paintbrush.

Allow it to dry for a few minutes, and then primer the sides of the phone case as well.

And let it air dry for 2-3 hours.

Priming the cover nicely will help the paint adhere better and make the colors more vibrant.

Step 5- Paint the silicone phone case

Now it’s time to start painting the primed silicone cover!

Begin by painting the outside edges of the silicone phone case with oil paint, and then fill in the rest of the back surface.

Step 6- Allow the paint to dry completely

Once you have finished painting, set the phone case aside to allow the paint to dry completely. This could take several hours or even overnight.

Step 7- Apply a second coat of paint (optional)

You can apply a second coat of paint to the phone case if you want a nicer finish with stronger colors.

This will not only make the colors more vibrant but also help to protect the design from wear and tear.

Once you have finished applying the second coat of paint, set the phone case aside to allow the paint to dry completely. Again, this could take several hours or even overnight.

Now that the paint is dry, you can enjoy your new phone case! Be sure to show it off to all your friends.

Can Acrylic Paint be Used on the Silicone Phone Case?

Being a crafter or a DIYer, many people wish they could use the acrylic paint they already have in their stash for this project.

Unfortunately, acrylic paint is not suitable for painting silicone phone cases as it does not adhere well to silicone or rubber material.

Oil paint will stick much better to silicone and rubber and will give more long-lasting results.

But if you plan to use bold acrylic paint colors for painting your mobile phone case, I recommend preparing the surface well by using denatured alcohol, sanding, and using a primer first.

Then add creative designs like stripes, polka dots, flowers, animes, or any other design of your choice with the help of a small paintbrush.

You can even use dye or nail polish colors to draw cute easy things on your phone case.

Drawings like a simple heart, smiley face, or initials would look pretty and stylish while giving your silicone phone cover a more customized look.

After you are done with painting, decorating and drawings, let the acrylic-painted phone case dry entirely for at least 24 hours.

Sealing a painted phone case

After applying the acrylic paint beautifully to your clear silicone iPhone case and allowing it to dry, you must seal the acrylic with a water-resistant sealant to prevent smudging, fading, and yellowing over time.

Unless your iPhone case is made of wood, prepping the case and applying a permanent acrylic sealer are very important to protect your decorative acrylic paint designs.

For phone covers made of wooden materials, you can use varnish as a protective sealant for acrylic paint.

Applying two coats of varnish will give a nice and glossy finish to the wood and also protect the paint from chipping off easily.

How Do You Get Paint off Your Phone Case if You are Unsatisfied?

Let’s say you took time and painted your OtterBox iPhone case with great difficulty, but after completing the project, you are slightly unhappy with the results.

The color is not as you expected, or maybe you simply do not like how it turned out.

Luckily, you can easily remove the paint from the silicone case to get it back to its clear state. Here are a few different methods you can try…

1- Denatured Alcohol

To do so, fill a bowl with denatured alcohol and let the silicone phone case soak in it for a few minutes. The paint should start to peel off easily.

If the paint does not come off completely, you can use a toothbrush to scrub it off.

Once the paint is removed, rinse the phone case with water and let it dry completely before using it.

If you do not have denatured alcohol available, you can try the same technique using rubbing alcohol or even vegetable or olive oil.

If the paint hasn’t been cured yet, it should work fine.

2- Nail Polish Remover

Another method to remove the paint from your phone case is using acetone or nail polish remover.

Simply soak a cotton ball in acetone and rub it over the painted area.

The paint should come right off. Rinse the phone case with water and let it dry completely.

3- Hairspray for Phone Case Paint Removal

If you have hairspray in your dressing, you can also use it to remove the paint from your phone case.

Simply spray the hairspray generously over the painted area and let it sit for a few minutes.

Then use a toothbrush or cotton swab to scrub off the paint. Rinse with water and let it dry completely.

Warning: Do not use knives, sharp objects, or harsh chemical-based paint removers to scrape the paint or sticky residue off your silicone phone cases.

These will easily damage the surfaces like silicone, rubber, or plastic, and you will end up with a ruined phone case.

tips to paint silicone phone case

What Cool Things Can You Use to Decorate Your Silicone Phone Case Further?

Besides painting, you can consider drawing characters, animals, or other designs on your silicone phone case with a black permanent marker, sharpie, or a whiteboard marker.

This would give your silicone phone case a more personalized look.

If you are a bit creative and wich achieving a glossy look, you can also use glitter to decorate your silicone phone case.

Apply some glue to the areas where you want to add glitter.

Then sprinkle the glitter over the glue and let it dry (use stencils

if you want). Once it is dry, shake off the excess glitter, and your phone case is ready.

You can even add stickers, rhinestones, Patina, or Pearl Ex powders to get a more sophisticated look and a one-of-a-kind design.

I have seen many DIYers using 3D silicone phone case molds to make different shapes like hearts, flowers, or cartoon characters on their silicone phone cases.

3D phone case molds are available in various online stores as well as in some stationary shops.

All you need to do is pour the silicone mixture into the mold and wait for it to set.

Once it is set, remove the phone case from the mold, and voila! You have a new and funky phone case.

The bottom line

Those were some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use to paint or decorate your silicone phone case.

I truly believe that with a little bit of creativity, you can quickly transform a boring and plain phone case into a work of art.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, give it a try!

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