Painting Plastic Garden Pots

Designing gardens with plastic flower pots are an ideal option if you want inexpensive, as well as light-weight containers. And you don’t have to settle for limited color selections. Even though nonporous items, such as plastic garden pots, are not usually suited for paint, there are some steps you can follow to help paint adhere to your garden pots.

Essential Items for Painting Plastic Garden Pots

  • Soap
  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • Sandpaper
  • Latex primer
  • Polyester paintbrush 
  • Latex paint

Steps for Painting Plastic Garden Pots

Step 1

Use soap and a sponge to wash the plastic garden pot, as dust prevents adhesion. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the soap off the pot, or the primer won’t stick.

Step 2

Use a towel to dry the garden pot before proceeding.

Step 3

Sand the plastic garden pot to promote adhesion. (The paint may flake if you skip this step.) Stop when the garden pot feels rough.

Step 4

Apply latex primer to the plastic garden pot, using a polyester paintbrush. (Latex primer and a polyester brush will help prevent the paint from peeling later.) Allow the garden pot to dry for at least two hours.

Step 5

Paint the plastic garden pot with your favorite latex paint. Allow the garden pot to dry for two or more hours before adding your plants.

Using these steps should help you create the perfect containers unique to your garden.