paint for kids' wooden toys

joannaqcwOctober 5, 2010

I'm seeking recommendations about paint to use on wooden toys. I'll be giving these away on a small scale, so I'm not concerned about the CPSIA, though I am still concerned about basic child-safety. I definitely want the paint I use to be AP certified as non-toxic.

I'd also like the colors to be rich and saturated, but not opaque; I want the wood grain to show through. And I'd like to be able to get primary colors and then mix my own, so smooth mixing matters to me. Any suggestions? What have you used? Acrylic? Tempera? Watercolor? Any particular brands that you would recommend (or recommend avoiding)?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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HandyMac

Actually, WalMart has the right paint. It is labeled Kids Paint, made by a major manufacturer and certified kid safe. It comes in primary colors and some others like green, orange and purple.

It is acrylic enamel and dries very bright and shiny.

I used it for painting several varities of toys I made for several years.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2010 at 10:55PM
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mike_kaiser_gw

I'd also like the colors to be rich and saturated, but not opaque; I want the wood grain to show through.

By it's very nature, paint is opaque. Use a stain or dye and top coat with a water-based polyurethane.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 8:04AM
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HandyMac

Oops, I missed the part about wood grain showing through.

Water(or alcohol) soluable dyes from Transtint will do what you want.Most woodworking supply syores have the line or a similar brand(Woodcraft and Rockler) or you can order it on line.

Those dyes will only show vibrant color when used on ash/birch/maple and other very light woods.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 10:50AM
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HandyMac

Here are some examples of the dyes on ash.

Here is a link that might be useful: exam,ples

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 4:14PM
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brickeyee

"I'll be giving these away on a small scale, so I'm not concerned about the CPSIA"

There is no exception for "giving these away."

    Bookmark   October 8, 2010 at 10:12AM
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HandyMac

The only way to skirt the law so far is to make only one toy and give it away. If you make two, under the current situation, your toys fall under the CSPIA.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2010 at 11:57PM
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