How do I paint cans to use outside?


I want to use large food cans as planters inside and outside or my apartment, as I am limited in space in my apartment , but want to paint them . I just don't know if they will peel if they get wet or stay in the sun . Can I paint them ? And if so how? .. thank you in advance..

q how do i paint cans to uae outside

Part of my outside garden area not much . 😔 still work in progress.

  10 answers
  • Reba Mize Reba Mize on Aug 08, 2018

    I just poke holes in bottom. Paint with spray paint it's easy

    • Aurelia Longoria Aurelia Longoria on Aug 12, 2018

      I just want a paint that will not peel or crack or fade when in contact with sun or water . And not sure what kind of paint to use.

  • Reba Mize Reba Mize on Aug 08, 2018

    I just poke holes in bottom. Paint with spray paint it's easy

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Aug 08, 2018

    Hi Aurelia, if you use a metal paint it should last for a few years. I would suggest looking into the RustOleum brand, it comes in lots of different colors.

  • Carol Janssen Carol Janssen on Aug 09, 2018

    I, like GrandmasHouseDIY, have used Rust-0-leum that is for metal. I like to spray the inside as well as the outside since the dampness will cause the inside to rust. You can poke holes in the bottom if drainage doesn't cause problems to the surface under your plants. A pretty plate (I get my from the thrift store) would work to catch water. I have most often filled the bottom (about an inch) with small rocks and egg shells. This provides drainage for the water but doesn't let your plant's roots sit in water if you over water.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 10, 2018

    Any paint you have will work you could even glue paper on or contact paper will work to

    • Aurelia Longoria Aurelia Longoria on Aug 12, 2018

      Hi Kathy but wouldn't contact paper peel off with heat ?. my cans will be out on my patio in the sun until sun fully risen.

  • Aurelia Longoria Aurelia Longoria on Aug 10, 2018

    Thank you for your response, I appreciate you taking the the time to give me your suggsetion. .

  • Joanie Joanie on Aug 10, 2018

    You can use about anything you want to grow a plant, just make sure you POKE holes in the bottom of the container. Anything will work.....GOOD LUCK and happy planting!

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Aug 23, 2018

    You should use spray paint for your cans. There are so many colors and they hold up outdoors.

  • Ann Fennell Ford Ann Fennell Ford on Aug 23, 2018

    I would use EXTERIOR spray paint. For $1.00, Wal-Mart sells only black & white now where I live. You can get colored exterior spray paint, but will have to pay a few $$ more. Never use the stonelook kind. It washes off. You MIGHT be able to use a water proof sealer over it, but I haven't tried it. You might want to sand your cans lightly. Since they are only free coffee cans, you can experiment. You can try permanent markers after you paint. Experiment & enjoy. That's the fun part for me! Best wishes!

  • Dee Dee on Sep 23, 2018

    Paint both the inside and outside so that they do not rust. For extra protection seal with spray lacquer.