How to spray paint plastic plant pots

Posted: 2nd May 2019

Are you looking for a way to provide a splash of colour to your garden?

Well, we have the perfect tutorial for you to consider! Painting plant pots is a great way of using up left over spray paint from previous projects and can be complete in just a few hours. From bright pinks and yellows to calming blues and greens, using a selection of spray paints can transform a drab garden or yard in an instant. 

This tutorial from Rust-Oleum explains exactly how you can go about achieving it...

You will need

Plant pots
Rust-Oleum Plastic Primer 
Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch or Universal Spray Paint 
A damp cloth
Newspaper / dust sheets
Masking tape


1. Move the pots to be painted to a well-ventilated area and place on top of newspaper or a dust sheet. Mask off any areas of the object not to be painted and protect the surrounding area with additional dust sheets or newspaper to contain the spray mist.

2. Ensure surfaces to be painted are free from dirt, loose paint, wax, oil and grease. Previously painted surfaces should be abraded to provide a key using a fine grade sandpaper.

3. Bare plastic should be primed with Rust-Oleum Plastic Primer and if you are working with bare wood or metal pots, they should be primed with Rust-Oleum Surface Primer.

4. Using your selected colour of Painter’s Touch, hold the can approximately 30cm from the surface and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke. As each side is evenly coated slowly rotate the plant pot as you continue to spray.

5. For best results whilst spraying keep the can the same distance from the surface and keep the can in motion. Apply several light coats a few minutes apart.

6. Allow it to fully dry before popping in your plant of choice!

Tutorial courtesy of Rust-Oleum