How to Paint a Bird Bath

Written by patricia hill
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How to Paint a Bird Bath
Painting a bird bath can increase feathered guests. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bird baths are one of the best ways to attract a variety of birds to your yard and garden. Taking care to keep your bird bath clean and filled with water will ensure its consistent use. After years of use and outdoor weather, a bird bath can benefit from a new coat of paint. Although painting a bird bath is relatively easy, there are a few factors that you should consider if you want continued visits by thirsty, bathing birds.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Mild soap
  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Wire brush
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Non-toxic primer
  • Non-toxic sealer
  • Non-toxic exterior paint
  • Non-toxic exterior textured paint
  • Paint brush
  • Gravel or rocks

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  1. 1

    Wash the bird bath thoroughly with water, mild soap and a cloth. For stubborn stains or stuck-on debris, use a wire brush.

  2. 2

    Remove any peeling or residual paint with a wire brush and sandpaper.

  3. 3

    Rinse the bath thoroughly with water and leave it in an airy place to dry. The drying time will depend on the material the bath is made from. Concrete may require significantly more time than other, non-porous materials.

  4. 4

    Prepare the surface of the bird bath for painting. If the surface is non-porous, apply one coat of primer appropriate for the material the bath is made from. For concrete or other porous materials, apply one coat of sealer before primer is added. Allow primer/sealer to dry according to labelling instructions and between coats.

  5. 5

    Using a paintbrush and non-toxic exterior paint, apply the first coat of paint to the outside of the bird bath. The area of the bath used by birds should be painted with a non-toxic, exterior paint containing a texture such as sand. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying another coat.

  6. 6

    Re-apply non-toxic sealer to the bird bath and allow sealer to dry completely for a finished product.

Tips and warnings

  • Diane Porter, a bird watching specialist, recommends the centre of the bird bath to be no more than three inches deep and the edges even more shallow. To reduce the depth, simply add rocks or pebbles.

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