Anyone have experience painting birdhouse gourds?

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Anyone have experience painting birdhouse gourds? One place I read is that you should sand beforehand, another said it's not necessary. I have two that I'm ready to tackle but not sure which way to go... thank you!!!
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on May 31, 2017
    The paint usually stays better if you sand first, so I'd reccomend it!

  • Angela Ley Angela Ley on May 31, 2017
    A light sanding with a fine grit paper is best before painting.

  • Britian Britian on Jun 01, 2017
    I ONLY sanded around the "entry hole" for the birds just to make it smooth for them to go in and out. I grew them 3 years ago in my garden. Slapped some valspar white exterior paint on them after the very VERY long drying, bleaching and line drying (6 months or longer) and then we attached them to our pole system that hangs 9 of them about 8-10 feet in the air and our Martins took an immediate liking to them and have been happy residents ever since.

  • Cat Cat on Jun 02, 2017
    thanks everyone!

  • Cat Cat on Jun 08, 2017
    Thanks everyone! I bought some inexpensive sandpaper.