Asked on Nov 10, 2015

I want to paint over designs on plates that is a food safe product.

by Jay
Looking for a food safe product that can be used on plates that have sharpies markers drawn on them.
I want to eat off these plates. I need a food safe coating to paint over designs.
  19 answers
  • Martha May Martha May on Nov 11, 2015
    It will cost more than buying new plates. Your question belies common sense. Eating off a painted plate whether safe paint or not is that cutting food on the plate will scratch it and eventually loosen the paint and you or someone could ingest the particles. If you don't want to pay much go to a charity shop. Paint the plates don't eat off them.
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    • Maggie Maggie on Jan 04, 2021

      Surely, if you want to paint ceramics as a hobby, it's not about money. It's about the satisfaction you get from being creative. If you don't understand this, then you'd be wasting your money, but it's certainly not a waste for those who enjoying doing a labour of love.

  • Lori Harmon Lori Harmon on Nov 11, 2015
    Jay, if you are saying that you want to apply a coating to preserve the design, googling "food safe clear coating" turns up a number of possible solutions. Of course the woodworkers don't have to worry about the product not adhering to the surface. If you want it dishwasher safe, then if none of the links come up with something, I would try taking them to one of those stores where you paint pottery. Maybe they could apply the clear finish that they put on the pottery after the customer has painted on the glaze. If the plates won't stand up to another run through a kiln, and after reading only a few of the links, for availability and cost, I like the idea of using a spray shellac. I would test it's adhesion by spraying the back of one of the plates with a number of coats (3-6 maybe more) and letting it cure for a good while, like weeks. Then to test it's ability to hold up to utensils, I'd see if it scratches with a table knife, and give it a good scrubbing with an SOS pad or steel wool - not 0000 but a coarser grade. If the shellac doesn't hold up well enough, I'd move up the price point and, probably the skill required for application, and order something online. Whatever epoxy or acrylic or other product I was thinking of using, I would not necessarily trust the vendor but I would also look on as food safety falls under their purview.
  • Jay Jay on Nov 11, 2015
    I'm looking for something that will coat the plate so I can safely eat off it, and be able to clean the plate.
  • Mlp196443 Mlp196443 on Nov 12, 2015
    Seal your plate to preserve the design, then use a clear glass plate on top to eat from. The designed plate becomes a charger.
  • Glaynebaker Glaynebaker on Nov 15, 2015
    Have you baked the design into the dish? Several Internet sites suggest that. See for example:
  • Jessica Byrnes Jessica Byrnes on Nov 16, 2015
    Hi Jay, the best way know of is to have the original designs painted onto raw bisque. Raw bisque is pottery before it has been fired. You can find it online or at any Paint Your Own Pottery store. There are various paints you can use, and the pottery store people will be happy to help, and will tell you paints or crayons you can use. Then you bake them which makes the food safe. The safest way is to have them glazed and fired at the pottery shop. They will then be food and dishwasher safe. You have the Pottery Place on Cherokee Blvd.
  • Anna Anna on Nov 16, 2015
    What kind of plates are they? Bisque? Plain white china? Glass? It makes a difference. Personal opinion: I have lots of painted plates (lots of descendants!). I have them hung on walls with plate hangars. I consider them family treasures and heirlooms and would never use them for eating! Too risky for a one-of-a-kind art piece.
  • OhSally OhSally on Nov 18, 2015
    I'd worry that the original Sharpie would chip off, making your "paint" coat chip as well and you'd find yourself eating the chips, so I wouldn't attempt to paint over these. Wouldn't it be easier/cheaper to go to somewhere like Dollar Tree and buy yourself some new plates and donate these to Goodwill? You could get a tax deduction, and maybe somebody would find them charming and be delighted to buy them as is.
  • Barbee Bosler Barbee Bosler on Nov 19, 2015
    Use etchall etching creme or etchall dip 'n etch first, removes the glaze. This gives you "tooth" for all your "drawings" to adhere to your decorated plates!
  • Sue A Sue A on Nov 19, 2015
    Depending on your state or province, the product will say something like this, "children & pregnant women should avoid exposure. WEAR A MASK. CONTACT LEAD INFO HOTLINE @ 1800424-LEAD & CANADIANS CALL 1-800.O. CANADA. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY, AS MY MUM USE TO SAY. MY FATHER WAS IN THE PAINT BUSINESS FOR 36 YR. i always ask for full details or contact company manufacturing direct!! Have fun and enjoy your project! Van, BC Canada
  • Jay Jay on Nov 30, 2015
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  • Erin Erin on May 07, 2018

    ok so I know this post is from years ago but I was trying to find an answer to the same question and first I have to say the responses that I have seen are extremely rude. I made plates when I was in preschool and was able to wash microwave and eat of these plates for over 20 yrs until they got lost in a move.

    • Melissa Joyce Melissa Joyce on May 16, 2018

      I agree these responses are nasty. Acrylic paint can be cured in the oven. This makes it dishwasher safe. You would want to use a food safe top coat. These comments saying it can’t be done are ridculous. How do they think plates are designed when manufacturIng. There are lots of resources on YouTube and to’s. Good luck!

  • Nancy Kissel Nancy Kissel on Jan 03, 2019

    I followed a recommendation to use etchall on the dishes before painting, and there is a video showing how to use it. My question is, after you "rough up" the dish, and finish drawing, what do you use to reseal it or make it glossy over the design?

  • Line Line on Feb 18, 2019

    Hi! Did you find a way to reseal it after etchall? I have been googling for weeks, and asked around, with no solution. Even those who sell porcelaine paint have a clue. I want to be able to use them daily, and therefore endure dishwashing at 55 degrees. I have a feeling it could be done if I research long enough. I am sooooo eager to know what you ended up with.

  • Ber41356739 Ber41356739 on Apr 08, 2019

    Did anyone find an answer? Thanks in advance:)

  • Steph Steph on Apr 12, 2019

    When creating turquoise inlaid serving boards I use a FDA food safe resin. Not inexpensive process. Blicks and amazon sell the products but be sure to do your homework on the products and what steps are needed for a successful application.