Hi Friends! My last post was about applying vinyl decals to an Ozark Tumbler or Yeti but you can also paint them! There are a lot of different options on how to paint a yeti cup or ozark tumbler and I have tried many!
I’ve read a lot about having to sand the cup because the paint won’t stick and that is true with a lot of paints. The stainless steel is too slippery and the paint just runs off. Yes, I’ve had it happen, ugh! *** (Update, I have found that spray paint works great now! Scroll down to check out tumblers I’m spray painted.)
However, I have found that using chalk paint works! It isn’t quite as smooth as using spray paint because if you get up close you can see some vertical paint lines but I kind of like the look. It gives it some fun texture. I used a paint brush and a foam brush and they both came out the same.
How to Paint a Yeti Cup or Stainless Steel Ozark Mugs
These are really easy to do. Start by taping off the part you want to stay gray. I do a line on the top and one on the bottom so that the person’s mouth is not on the paint. I just line up the tape with the edge of the cup and wrap around. If you’d like to check out a video tutorial on how I tape off my tumbler click here.
Next clean off the cup with rubbing alcohol. I just use a cotton round and wipe it all over.
I like using FolkArt Chalk Paint. I simply applied the paint with a foam brush.
Apply all the way around. Wait a little bit and apply another coat. I do 2-3 coats depending on what it looks like.
I let the paint dry for just a few minutes and then remove the tape. I don’t let it dry fully because sometimes when I pull off the tape it will pull some paint with it…eek!
I let that fully dry and then add my decals. You can check out my video tutorial post here on how to apply vinyl decals to the cup.
On this cup I applied Triple Thick gloss to it but I didn’t like the glossy finish. After it dried, I ended up putting a coat of Matte Mod Podge over it so it reduced the shine. I added it over the paint so it doesn’t chip off and the bottom.
On the top rim I didn’t add it because I didn’t want mouths to be on the glue. A little leaked over, but I took out my favorite cleaner that gets everything off, Tea Tree Oil, and used a q-tip dipped in it and rubbed the glue off. You can read my post here on the magic of Tea Tree Oil!
Here’s the finished product! I love how it came out! Please share if you have tricks on painting mugs!
Update, I have found a way to spray paint a stainless steel mug that works perfectly! Check out my post here on how to paint a Yeti cup or Ozark Tumbler with spray paint like these ones:
If you want to add some sparkle to your mug, check out my post here on how to spray paint a stainless steel mug with glitter!
If you want to learn how to make the ultimate glitter tumbler with epoxy click here!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!