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Asked on May 20, 2019

How can one re-use empty plastic flower pots?

Kathy Gunter LawKmdreamerLinda R


I have a bunch of plastic pots of varying size and wonder if anyone's reused them in a way other than planting in them? I also have 2 huge - not sure if they are plastic or resin planters that I wonder if they can be painted. I've cleaned the algea off them with water & bleach so can they be painted and if so, what type of paint will bear the heat and hot sun? TIA

4 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on May 20, 2019

    All you can do is try the spray paint made for plastic like Rustoleum brand. I usually just recycle the thin black ones.

  • Linda R
    on May 20, 2019

    I've done that with some success. I say some because it's only been about 1 1/2 years so I'm not sure how long it will last.

    What I did was used a decent primer first, then painted over that. Mostly I used Rustoleum spray paints, but be sure they are ok to use on plastic. Quite a few paints will not adhere to certain types of plastic, so label reading is an absolute must! Every paint I've ever seen also has a phone or other contact to call for answers to questions like that. Use them!

    Most any exterior paint should work, but I always have Rustoleum cans of various colors on hand so I tried that first and so far, so good. If you can't get that, use a quality exterior paint or an outdoor acrylic or alkyd paint in the color you want. The primer is the determining factor though. I found out the hard way that NOTHING sticks to plastic unless it's primed. And same goes for that --make sure it's ok for plastic.

    You mentioned you weren't sure if they were plastic or resin. You might want to find out the difference, if any, and again, a call to the manufacturer never hurts.

    Good luck! And have a great day!

  • Kmdreamer
    on May 20, 2019

    You could take for flower pots of the small two larger and paint them and then you can make a lighthouse with them we turn them upside down paint the door on the bottom and light up top

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on May 20, 2019

    In the garage for organizing like items together.

    I would highly recommend RustOleum spray paint. Clean, scuff the current finish, wipe with denatured alcohol, then spray paint.

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