How to spray paint plastic flower pots

Yes, that’s right! Spray painting your pots is easy and economical, and you can help reduce landfill. Check out the step-by-step instructions for spraying any type of plastic container into a new work of art.

This blog post of mine is based on my experience of many years, which will for sure help you achieve the results you want after completing the paint job on plastic flower pots.

How to spray paint plastic flower pots surface

If you are a newbie and don’t know how to spray paint plastic flower pots, then don’t miss any point explained in this guide; otherwise, you can mess up the surface and later regret your actions.

How to spray paint plastic flower pots?

Here is the list of some tools which you need to spray paint plastic flower pots at home with great results after finishing.

  • Spray paint
  • Sandpaper/liquid sandpaper
  • Top coat
  • Dish soap/ Degreasing cleaner
  • Painter’s tape/old newspaper
  • Gloves
  • Glasses
  • Mask
  • Paint suite
  • Old cloths/rags/towels

Wear protective gear

Before you begin spray painting plastic flower pots, it is important to take the proper safety precautions by wearing protective gear. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Put on a dust mask to avoid inhaling any paint fumes.
  2. Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from the paint.
  3. Cover your clothing with an old shirt or apron.
  4. Cover the work area with a drop cloth or newspaper to protect surfaces from paint.
  5. Set up a fan to ventilate the area and help disperse the paint fumes.
  6. Finally, don your safety goggles to protect your eyes from the paint.

By taking these steps, you can ensure that you are protected from the harmful fumes and chemicals in the spray paint.

Clean the pots

To clean your flower pots before spray painting, follow these steps:

  • Rinse the pots with water to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Pour a small amount of dish soap into each pot and scrub with a sponge or brush to remove any remaining dirt.
  • Rinse the pots again with water to remove the soap.
  • Let the pots dry completely before spray painting.

Sand down the pots

Before you begin spray painting your sand flower pots, it’s important to sand them down with sandpaper first. This will help to create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. To do this, start by lightly sanding the pot with fine-grit sandpaper.

How to spray paint plastic flower pots

Once the entire pot has been sanded, switch to medium-grit sandpaper and sand again. Finally, use coarse-grit sandpaper to give the pot a rough surface. Once you’ve sanded the pot, you’re ready to begin spray painting!

You can also sand the plastic flower pots with liquid sandpaper

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to spruce up your flower pots, try sanding them with liquid sandpaper before spray painting. It’s a simple process that only takes a few minutes, and it can really make a big difference in the overall look of your pots. Just be sure to follow these steps:

  1. First, clean your pots with soapy water to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. Next, apply a generous amount of liquid sandpaper to the surface of the pot.
  3. Use a clean, dry cloth to rub the sandpaper in a circular motion until the entire surface is covered.
  4. Let the sandpaper dry for about 15 minutes, or until it becomes tacky.

Apply primer to pots

Before you begin spray painting your plastic flower pots, it is important to apply primer first. This will help the paint to adhere better and provide a more even finish. To do this, simply follow these steps:

  • Begin by cleaning the pots with soap and water. This will remove any dirt or debris that could prevent the primer from adhering properly.
  • Once the pots are clean, dry them completely.
  • Next, apply a thin layer of primer to the pots, using either a brush or a spray can.
  • Allow the primer to dry for the recommended amount of time before beginning to paint.

Apply paint to the bottom of plastic flower pots

  1. Begin by ensuring that the bottom of the flower pot is clean and free of any debris.
  2. Next, place the flower pot upside down on a sheet of newspaper or a drop cloth.
  3. Shake the can of spray paint well before beginning to apply an even layer to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Once the bottom of the pot is coated, allow it to dry completely before flipping it over and using it as usual.

Apply paint on the top of the flower pots

Follow these steps for best results:

  1. Start by giving your pots a good cleaning with soap and water. This will help the paint to adhere better.
  2. Next, use painters’ tape to tape off the areas that you don’t want to paint.
  3. Now it’s time to start spraying! Use long, even strokes, and be sure to keep the can moving so that you don’t end up with any drips.
  4. Once you’re finished, let the paint dry for at least 24 hours before adding your plants.

Apply topcoat on plastic flower pots

After you have spray painted your plastic flower pots, it is important to apply a topcoat in order to protect the paint job and extend the life of the pots. To do this, simply follow these steps:

  • Allow the paint to dry completely before starting.
  • Apply a thin layer of topcoat evenly across the surface of the pot.
  • Allow the topcoat to dry completely before using or handling the pot.
  • Repeat steps 2-3 as needed to maintain the paint job and protect the pots.


No, regular spray paint does not stick to the plastic you need. You need to find a paint that is specifically for plastic if you want it to stick. Regular spray paint will just end up peeling off and looking terrible.

If you’re going to be using spray paint on plastic, it’s important to prime the surface first. This will help the paint to adhere better and create a more even finish. You can use a standard primer or a specific primer for plastic. Once the primer is dry, you’re ready to start painting.

Absolutely, sanding plastic before spray painting is a must! If you don’t sand the plastic first, the paint will have a hard time sticking to the surface and will likely peel off over time. Plus, sanding gives the paint a nice, smooth surface to adhere to. So take the extra time to sand your plastic before spray painting it for the best results.

Spray paint is definitely the way to go when you’re painting plastic. It’s much easier to get even coverage with spray paint, and it dries much faster than brush paint. Plus, it’s much less likely to chip or peel off of plastic than brush paint is.

Conclusion of how to spray paint plastic flower pots

Hope you liked the complete guide on how to spray paint plastic flower pots at home and achieve great results by following this guide of mine.

If you have any confusion in your mind popping up let me know in the comments section and I and my painter fellows will for sure answer your query and will sort out your problem.

If you find this guide helpful in spray painting plastic flower pots then kindly share it with those who are in trouble painting flower pots.

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