How to Bake Acrylic Paint on Mugs

    by J.M. Chanel

    About the Author

    J.M. Chanel began writing in 2002 as a webmaster for an independent film company. He graduated from West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor of Science in journalism. Chanel has been contributing to online publications since 2010.


    Custom-painted mugs make a lively addition to any kitchenware set, allowing you to show off your creativity when drinking or serving hot beverages. To properly paint a mug, use acrylic enamel paint and then cure the paint using a baking method instead of simply air drying after painting. Baking will ensure that a painted mug design lasts through repeated washing.

    Things You'll Need

    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Soft cloth or paper towel
    • Acrylic enamel paint
    • Painter's palette
    • Paint brush
    • Stencils (optional)
    • Baking sheet

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    Wash the mug you want to paint in warm soapy water and remove any price stickers from the surface. Rinse the mug and then set it out to air dry.

    Wet a clean cloth or paper towel with rubbing alcohol and thoroughly wipe down the mug to remove any soap residue that may remain on the surface from washing. Allow the rubbing alcohol on the mug to dry.

    Fill a painter's palette with dollops of acrylic enamel paint.

    Pour some water into a disposable cup for washing your paintbrush after you switch to a different color of paint.

    Dip a paintbrush into the paint on the palette and begin painting the design you want on the mug. You may want to use a stencil to create certain shapes, especially if you do not feel confident in your ability to paint the shape accurately by hand.

    Allow the paint on the mug to dry for at least 1 hour after you have finished painting. Make sure all layers of paint have thoroughly air-dried before proceeding.

    Place the mug on a baking sheet and place it into a cool oven set to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not preheat the oven, as the extreme temperature shift might cause the mug to crack or shatter while baking.

    Turn the oven off after 45 minutes and let the mug cool completely before removing it. Set the mug aside for 72 hours before using.

    • Food and beverages should not come into contact with acrylic enamel paint, even after is has been baked. To avoid this, do not paint farther than three-fourths of an inch away from the rim of the mug.
    • Do not use a mug painted with acrylic enamel paint in the microwave.

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