How to spray paint your pvc pipes

In this guide, we will learn to spray paint your PVC pipes if you don’t like the color or if the color of the pipes is faded and you don’t like them in that faded shape.

So, in order to paint the pipes, I will explain each step with an explanation so that no amateur gets confused while doing so. I have used Rust-Oleum 327950-6 have found it to be the best spray paint for pvc pipe after using for hours and testing it. And the second best spray paint for pvc pipe after testing is Krylon K01305 Gallery Series it also gave me satisfactory and great results. I personally suggest you these two spray paint if you want to paint your PVC pipes.

spray painting pvc pipes

So, I will teach you the complete method of how to spray paint PVC pipes for your own homes or for your clients.

Tough and durable, yet easy to cut and paint, Polyvinyl Chloride piping (PVC) is perfect for a variety of DIY projects. You’ll want to learn how to paint PVC if you’ve got a more sophisticated palette in mind.

However, there is one hitch: Due to its molecular makeup that prevents most liquids from bonding with its surface, paint on PVC has always been likely to flake, peel off, or rub right off.

While recently developed spray paints for nonporous surfaces are quick-drying, durable, and environmentally safe. They seem to perform well on PVC pipe, and the best thing is you don’t have to do any prep work first.

Just remember that a lot depends on what kind of paint you use since not all plastic-rated sprays are created equal!

If you want your piping to endure years of faithful service, it is a good idea to base your decision on the box’s instructions for proper construction methods, cleaners and specific paint durability ratings.

Tools we need to paint pvc pipes

  • 220-grit sandpaper for sanding the surface
  • Acetone
  • Rubber gloves for protection of hands
  • Drop cloths for protection of surface
  • Plastic-rated spray paint for pipe painting

Prepare the area for painting

When painting pvc, one should choose a 50 to 85-degree day as the best time of year to paint.

Working in an area that is well ventilated while also avoiding wind seems to be the best way to ensure good ventilation.

Consider using a garage space without any heat smoking around but instead use pvc on the side instead or even your home or garden.

Paint can be used by spraying on plastic which causes it to harden quickly.

Make sure acetone is handled with care at all times not only for safety reasons but also for environmental concerns as well.

This solution has some dangerous fumes so make sure you do this project in a well-ventilated area! Wash up well after handling paint and wear gloves so that you don’t get a skin reaction from using this product.

spray painting pvc pipes

Sand the pvc pipe

After stripping down the pipe’s exterior to a smoothness you like, apply a thin layer of fine-grain sandpaper like 220 grit or steel wool to its surface.

Use small circular motions as you rub lightly in all directions over the entire length of the pipe. This will help even out any rough patches while leaving it smooth overall.

Clean the PVC pipe

Soak a rag with acetone and wipe the surface of the PVC pipe. Allow to dry for 20 minutes or so. The acetone will remove all traces of dust from sanding, and also swell the porous material for better adhesion of the primer.

Protection of surface

To start the painting process, use drop cloths, plastic sheeting, or old newspapers over the floors or walls that could be subject to splatter or overspray.

If painting long pieces, protect a wall, ladder, or chair from spray and prop the pipes against it. The small PVC may be able to stand without additional support so you can access all sides at once.

Short pieces of PVC may need some help being taped onto a dowel so you can paint them all over without having to play hopscotch.

Now apply spray paint

Now take your spray paint. Use extremely high-quality product that can fight off a variety of weather conditions.

The most important being rusting, which is key because what you are working on is a part that comes into contact with water.

Shake it up thoroughly with incredibly ease – simply by giving it around 7 seconds of vigorous shaking. Using a side-to-side sweeping motion, paint the pipes, starting at the top and going down to the bottom.

Remember to go in thin coats so you don’t ruin any finished areas and keep overlapping your coatings as you go down the pipe!

Apply second coat on PVC pipe

Once your painted pipe is all dry, you can start to apply the second coat. You want to make sure that it’s applied at least 20 minutes after the first coat so that it can really soak in and properly attach itself to the other paint.

Let the pipe dry

When applying paint to copper pipes, allow the paint to dry and “cure” for at least 24 hours. For projects that could scrape or nick the pipes’ newly painted surface in the process.

Consider waiting a full week before using them. If you’re uncertain about whether or not to wait longer than this roughly recommended period, check the can of paint for manufacturer-specific recommendations concerning drying times.

Once your project is complete, keep painted pipes clean by wiping gently with a water-damped rag.


Polyurethane enamel is the best paint for PVC pipe. It is very flexible. It is oil-based which makes it durable. It is not toxic and does not pollute the environment. It is water based and will not crack. It comes in different colors and it is gluable.

There are many opinions surrounding the question of priming pipe, and the truth is that there is no conclusive answer. It seems more like a preference, but in the end the pipe will come out looking good whether or not you prime it. Those in favor of priming say that it helps the paint adhere to the pipe, making it last longer and look better. Those against priming say that it can make the paint look uneven, or even worse, lead to cracking and peeling. Most paint experts agree that if you want your paint to adhere to the pipe, primer is the way to go, but there are some who do not recommend it.

In order to get the paint to stay on PVC pipe, you need to ensure that the surface is completely clean and dry and then brush on two layers of primer, wait for about 10 minutes for it to dry and then apply the rest of the paint.

Rust-Oleum can be used on PVC pipe. Although, I would suggest a primer first, such as Rust-Oleum primer. Just sand, clean and apply the primer first, then top coat with the Rust-Oleum.

Conclusion on How to spray paint your PVC pipes

The complete step by step guide to spray paint your PVC pipes or for your clients with satisfactory results after completing.

If you find anything difficult then do let me know in the comments sections I will explain that process to you so that you don’t make any mistake during the process.

Professionals should also comment down if they have some tips up their sleeves so that newbies can get best results out of their job.

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