How to Paint Plastic Garden Decor

To paint exterior plastic items around your home:

  • Lightly sanding the surface.
  • Wipe off any sanding dust.
  • Apply several light coats of spray paint that’s made for painting plastic.
  • Paint accent colors by applying spray paint to a paper plate, then using an artist’s brush to paint the contrasting colors by hand.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

Danny Lipford: An e-mail from Scott asked, “Can I successfully paint plastic items on the exterior of my home?”

There are a lot of things that are plastic around our house these days, like our planters, plastic chairs, maybe garden gnomes, I’m sure all of you have a pink flamingo.

Well, you can successfully paint things on the exterior of your house that are plastic by, first of all, you want to lightly sand the surface, then you want to wipe it down. And then, the real important thing is to use a paint that is formulated for painting plastic.

There’s a lot of it out there. And like any type of spraying that you may be doing, you want to shake the can well and you want to put several light coats on, allowing it to dry in between.

And when you have little accents like this, here’s a good trick for you. Instead of trying to tape all of this off and spray it, just spray a little bit of the paint right on a paper plate. Then use a little artist brush like this to take care of all the little details.


  1. Mr. Lipford, Thank You for the Todays Homeowner’s web site and the answer’s to question’s one may have with the upkeep of a home. as for myself painting of outdoor shutter’s (faded) was of true help with out question.
    again , Thank You Joe Wilson

  2. Hello, looking for a plastic primer clear in a quart to use for crafts, do you know of any place here in Pensacola FL where I can get some without going online? Thanks

  3. Danny,
    Thank you in advance.
    For some reason my previous owners installed a plastic fireplace mantle. It is so ugly! Can it be painted? I prefer not to spray paint.

    • Hi, Suellen!

      We would need more information to answer your question.
      For instance, you commented on an article that focused on painting exterior items. Is the fireplace outside or inside the home?

      Thanks for commenting.


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