How To: Rejuvenate Plant Pots

What you will need

  • ESP - Easy Surface Prep
  • Detergent / sugar soap
  • Brush / lint free cloth
  • Owatrol oil
  • Gloss paint
  • Undercoat
  • Spray surface primer
  • Multi-purpose spray paint
  • Dust mask


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  • 1 Plastic Plant Pots: Remove any loose or flaking old finish from the plant pots. Clean surface thoroughly with warm water and detergent or Sugar Soap.
  • 2 For greasy, waxed or varnished surfaces, scrub thoroughly with a scouring pad using one of these solutions. Rinse surface thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth.
  • 3 Apply ESP liberally with a clean dry lint free cloth. ESP stands for - Easy Surface Prep, which makes paint stick to any smooth shiny surface. It provides a powerful grip for any water or oil based paint. Wait 2 hours or until surface is dry then paint.
  • 4 I like to add owatrol oil to both undercoat and paint before applying. This provides greater adhesion and improved flow ability to your paint. Read instructions to get the correct mix ratio.
  • 5 Apply undercoat to the pot in smooth even strokes in a colour of your choice then leave to dry. Top Tip: Paint indoors to avoid dust sticking to the surface while it is drying.
  • 6 Finally apply the gloss to finish the job.
  • 7 Metal Plant Pots: To paint a metal plant pot, firstly clean with Sugar Soap. Top tip: When spray painting shake the can vigorously for one minute while the mixing ball rattles. Hold the can 30cm from the surface and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke. Top tip: When spray painting don’t choose a windy day and make sure all adjacent surfaces are covered.
  • 8 Coat the pot with a spray surface primer. Be sure to wear a dust mask. Be sure to wear a dust mask.
  • 9 When the primer is dry, finish the job using a multi purpose spray paint. I’ve set up the pot in such a way that I can walk around it while applying the paint.
  • 10 Leave indoors to dry after spraying to avoid any dust particles sticking to the paint.
  • 11 When fully dry, they can be planted again to provide a burst of colour in your garden.