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« on: February 02, 2014 04:07:38 PM »

I hope I'm in the right place!  I have 3 HUGE enamel stockpots that had originally been used for canning.  I'd like to use them to grow herbs on my porch, but I want to paint them (they're the standard spatter-painted black).  Does anyone know how I might do this?  I want to cover the entire stockpot with color.  How should I prep them?  Do I need to sand them?  Do I need to use primer?  What type of paint: enamel, acrylic, etc.?  Spray paint or brush / sponge on?  ANY suggestions will be most welcome!  Thanks in advance!

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2014 02:45:35 AM »

I've never tried this but here goes my logic:

Enamel is very smooth & glossy so I guess that primer would be a minimum and if you could sand them as well it may be very helpful.

I think it would depend on the finish you wanted for the pots, how you painted them. If you want something very smooth or glossy then spray paint may be best. If you're looking for a more homespun look then a brush would be good, I guess sponging comes somewhere in the middle, more useful if you intend to stencil after your basecoat.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2014 01:16:10 PM »

I once used enamel paint to redo a kitchen hood. I just sanded it like crazy, then sanded it with a fine grit paper to make sure all was smooth, then painted it with sign paint enamel. One Shots are enamels that are used for detailing cars and obviously, signs. They no longer contain lead and they are extremely hardy and color fast in the outdoors. Since you are painting the outside of what will become flower pots and don't have to worry about food grade paints, you might consider these.
They take a day or to to fully cure, (depending on how thick you apply the paint) but worth the wait.

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