Asked on Mar 24, 2018

What paint to use on large cement outdoor planter pots?

Connie Ribar
by Connie Ribar
There are two pots and gray, the color of the cement. I want to paint both black but they remain outside in all seasons (and I live in PA). I cannot move them during the winter months because they are extremely heavy. Can anyone recommend a paint that will endure, at least for a couple of years?

  10 answers
  • Connie Connie on Mar 24, 2018

    I used watered down latex on my cement leaves and I still can't get it off.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 24, 2018


    Before painting concrete plant pots, you must apply a latex primer to the surface of the pots. The latex primer prevents the paint used on the surface of the plant pots from seeping in through the concrete to the soil inside, which may be detrimental to plant health and growth. Apply spray primer or brush primer on with a paintbrush, allow the primer to dry and add a second coat of primer, allowing it to dry fully before painting.

    Masonry Spray Paints

    If you want to spray paint a concrete plant pot, make sure you choose a spray paint labeled for masonry, which adheres to the concrete more effectively than standard spray paints. Do not spray paint the concrete plant pots while they have plants inside of them. To paint, turn the pots upside down on a covered surface, hold the spray can 8 to 12 inches from the pots and spray in an even coat.

    Cement Floor Paint

    Any type of paint labeled for masonry or cement can be used on the outer surface of a concrete plant pot once the pot has been primed. Many of these paints are labeled as floor paints, but should also list individual surfaces on which the paint is effective. Brush cement paints onto the exterior of the plant pots using a paintbrush, and allow the first coat to dry fully to see how the color turns out. If the color appears too light, add additional layers of paint as needed.

    Seal the Plant Pots

    When you finish painting a concrete plant pot with either masonry or spray paint, apply a coat of sealer to the exterior of the pots. Sealer creates a waterproof exterior to lock the paint in and prevent the release of water through the planter. Make sure the planter has drainage at the bottom though, or you may water log the plant, which can lead to mildew and root rot.

  • Jane Potratz Jane Potratz on Mar 24, 2018

    I would ask at a paint store, but I would think out door paint that you use on your home would work. We have used house paint in a building that is not heated during the winter and it has held up wonderfully. No problems.

  • Carol Thomas Carol Thomas on Mar 24, 2018

    I painted mine with Rust-oleum spray paint 3 summers ago and they are out in the weather holding up nicely.

  • Kac32568501 Kac32568501 on Mar 24, 2018

    Outdoor latex paint should be fine. Apply at least 2 coats - one base coat and one top coat. I also live in PA and painted cement pillars several years ago. Since the cement is porous, I actually did 4 coats to get even coverage. It still looks good.

  • Frank Andrews III Frank Andrews III on Mar 24, 2018

    If the pots are not glazed, you can use a thinned latex paint as Connie stated or find a concrete & masonry tool & accessory dealer. They should have stains and colors to suit your needs.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 24, 2018

    You can buy spray paints made specifically for concrete/stucco finishes. Ask the paint pros at your home improvement store to show you which ones to use.

  • Christel Christel on Mar 25, 2018

    Easiest would be a spray paint that can be used on cement.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 03, 2022

    Masonary Paint - Smooth or textured.

  • We used a concrete floor paint to paint ours and it stood up to freezing snowy winters and hot full sun summers. You can have it tinted whatever color you like.