How to Protect Terra Cotta Pots for Outdoor Use

Written by dawn gibbs
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Protect Terra Cotta Pots for Outdoor Use
Terra cotta pots are common garden planters. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Terra cotta pots are porous pots made from clay. When using the pots outdoors, it is important to coat them with a protective sealant to keep out water and protect the clay from the elements. You will need to coat both the inside and the outside of the pot with the sealant, even if you paint it first.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Clean cloth
  • Water
  • Exterior varnish
  • Foam paint brush

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Dampen a clean cloth with water and wipe down the inside and outside of the pot to remove any dust or grime. Let the pot air dry for two hours.

  2. 2

    Paint the inside of the pot with a coating of exterior varnish, using a foam paint brush. Let the varnish dry according to the directions on the package. If you want to paint the outside of the pot before sealing it, use an acrylic paint and apply it with another foam paintbrush.

  3. 3

    Coat the outside of the terra cotta pot with a layer of exterior varnish. Let the varnish dry according to the package directions, then apply one more coat. Let that coat dry before you move the pot outside.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.