How to paint jar lids

Here is the complete step by step guide to paint lids of jars with your desired colors to give them new life. The guide is based on my own experience and I have tested this method and then today presenting this in the shape of this guide.

Jar lids are usually made from metal and are used to keep food covered in the fridge. These lids can be used for food storage and to be placed in the microwave and dishwasher. However, they can be repurposed to be used as cake topper, napkin holder, towel ring or food presentation.

painting jar lids

I’ve found some great DIY crafts to repurpose your jar lids, and I’m going to show you how I did mine. To find out how I did it, read on.

Tools you need to paint jar lids

  • Sand paper or sander
  • Paint
  • Paint sprayer, brush, spray paint
  • Primer
  • Protective gear
  • Latex gloves
  • Goggles
  • Respirator mask
  • Top coat for better protection of paint

Sand the surface

Sanding the glass lids before painting them will make the finished product look better and last longer. If you want a high-gloss finish, use a very fine sandpaper (400 or 600 grit) and rub gently in one direction.

Prime the lids

Here is how to prime jar lids before painting process.

  • Buy the right primer. There are many paint primers available in the market. You need to find out which primer is suitable for what surface.
  • Remove labels from jar lids. Use a razor to remove all the labels. Make sure that all the labels have been removed or else the primer won’t work as it should.
  • Clean the jar lids with a soft cloth. Make sure you wash the jar lids thoroughly to remove any dirt or oil on the jar lids.
  • Scuff up the jar lids. Use sandpaper to rough up the surface of the jar lids. This will allow the primer to stick to the jar lids better.
  • Fill the jar lids with primer. Once the jar lids are completely dry, fill them with primer. Close the lid of the jar lids as much as you can.
  • Paint. When the primer is dry, paint on your favorite color.

Paint the jar lids

There are two methods to paint jar lids. One is to use the sprayer to spray the paint on the lids. The other is to dip the lids in the paint. Both methods work, but they require a bit of prep work. In first method you have to spray thin coats on the lid surface in order to get the best finish after painting it. If you spray too long at same spot then it can cause thickness in paint which will ruin your experience.

paint jar lids

Spray in to and fro motion in order to get the desired results out of your work after completion. You can also paint with brush and same rule apply for brush painting. Prepare the paint with thinner then start painting the jar lids with forward and backward motion of brush.


You can definitely use acrylic paint on metal lids. It will not stick or stain them. What you need to do is make sure they are clean before you paint them (Wash them with soap and water), and then let it dry before you use the paint.

This depends on what kind of finish you want. If you want the paint to be matte or satin, you will use acrylic or enamel paint. You can also use those paints for glossy finish, but you will have to spray the paint and not just brush it. In addition to that, you can use vinyl paint for the glass jar. This is a type of paint that has a rubber type consistency and it is easily applied. It doesn’t chip and it protects the jar from getting dents. You may even want to use something like resin to coat the jar, however, this is permanent paint and cannot be removed, so use it in places that you don’t mind it because it’s not something that can be fixed easily. If you want the jar to look like glass but you have something else in mind, you can use glass paint. The paint is usually clear so you may want to put some glitter in it to make it look like glass.

Yes, you can spray paint jar lids. However, the paint is really thin and you may need more than one coat if you want to achieve the color of the lid. Another option is to tape off the jar and spray the lid only. You can use either of these methods to add color to your plain plastic lids.

There are different types of paint you can use on jam jar lids. The most important factor that you should consider before buying a paint is whether the paint is resistant to heat or not. Almost all paints that you buy from store won’t be resistance to heat. For example, if you try to put some jam jam jar lid on a hot pan, you’ll see that the paint will be off from the jar lid. So to prevent this, you should get a high quality heat resistant paint. There are some paints that are specially made for the jam jar lids and their lids. In fact, it is even safe to put the jam jar lids in a dishwasher.

Sure, you can spray paint metal jar lids. Just make sure that you have sealed the jar lids properly with the paint you want to spray. Use a spray paint that is made for metal. You can also use plastic. Wipe the lids with lacquer thinner or kerosene or mineral spirits to clean it thoroughly. Now use a clear coat spray to seal the lid. When it is completely dry, you will be able to paint the jar lids. You can use any color that you want, but always use a spray paint that is made for metal. The clear coat spray will protect the paint on your spray painted jar lids.


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