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« on: October 30, 2012 07:38:10 AM »

I have a standard black stapler and tape dispenser.  My kids are always taking them from my desk.  Since we have a few around the house, I can never prove who took it!

I want to decorate them (1) to make them pretty and (2) to make them identifyable.  I'm thinking paint but I don't know what to use that would not chip off.  I'm open to most craft mediums; however (please don't shoot me) I'm not fond of vintage looks.

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2012 09:41:26 AM »

Hmm, maybe spray paint, the kind that is made especially for plastic.  I believe it's Krylon for Plastics.  It comes in lots of funky colors, too!

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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012 09:13:39 AM »

What about something simple like washi tape?

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012 09:03:16 PM »

My go-to would be fabric glued on with tacky glue.  Patterned duct tape would be even easier!
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2013 01:51:42 AM »

Maybe some stickers or stencils, and spray paint.

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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2013 03:41:00 AM »

my first thought was pretty fabric and some strong glue as well

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013 11:02:59 PM »

For easy stuff you might have in your house, maybe some vinyl electrical tape in different colors?   That way you can color code staplers by favorite colors! 
It's this stuff:  http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/EMDCI/Home/Products/Catalog/~/Electrical-Commercial-Industrial-Products-Catalog/Electrical-Tape-Mastics-Special-Use/Vinyl-Electrical-Tapes?N=5432987&rt=c3 

We actually use this system at work.  Everyone who works in the same shop as I do has their own color.  We either use those paint pen markers on tools, or the colored tape to differentiate.  The tape works really well, since it is very sticky and the vinyl holds up to an absolute TON of abuse.

I've seen little multi packs at Lowes or Home Depot by the electrical stuff, and it's pretty cheep if you don't have any and want a variety pack.

(I fix stuff, so I do actually have various colors of Vinyl Electrical Coding Tape kicking around). 

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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2013 01:19:22 PM »

If it is your 'forever' stapler I would use oil paint, like for a piece of furniture.
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2013 02:48:07 PM »

I would tape off the metal parts and use Krylon Paint + Primer. Only that spray paint would I recommend. That is what I would do

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