Can plastic flower pots be painted?

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Plastic flower pots are often inexpensive but unattractive. You can turn a plain plastic pot into a decorative container that complements your garden's style by using paint designed for use on plastic materials.

Selecting your paint

When painting plastic, be sure to select a paint formulated for that use. There are both spray paints and traditional paints available that are designed for use on plastic.

Prepping your pot for painting

Before painting your pot, wash the entire surface thoroughly with a mild cleaner and scrub brush. Allow the pot to dry completely before applying the paint.

Applying paint

If using spray paint, choose a well-ventilated area to do your painting in. Lay down newspaper to protect the surrounding area and spray the pot with your paint from a distance of 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches). Allow the pot to dry and then repeat the process to apply a second coat of paint. If you are using a liquid paint, lay down scrap paper to protect your work surface and use a paint brush or sponge to cover the outside of your pot. Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat as needed.

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