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Topic: Acrylic paint for terra cotta pots in patio/yard/garden?  (Read 1495 times)
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« on: May 26, 2016 01:34:39 AM »

Has anyone used acrylic paint (hobby) for coloring terra cotta pots in patio/yard?
(I do not want to use primer and sealer, garden pots freeze and crack in winter, so not worth the extra cost.)
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016 03:29:15 AM »

I've used it, but I sealed it after.  It took a few coats for the opacity I wanted.  Maybe if you don't want to seal it, you could add an acrylic medium so that it is a little more water and sun proof?  Even a quick coat of Outdoor Mod Podge on just the painted areas would help it hold up.  If you're only planning on the pots lasting a season, then the paint alone might be fine.  Just expect some weathering/chipping/fading.

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2016 03:52:09 AM »

I wouldn't use acrylic paint.  I have a lovely terra cotta pot and "saucer" (Is that what you call what it sits on to catch the water?) that my BFF painted red and put ladybug stickers on for me.  Almost immediately the paint started chipping off.  Cry 

I'd like to hear how long/effectively it stays on if it's sealed.

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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2016 10:57:00 AM »

We have quite a few painted pots in our yard, and we used acrylic on at least half of them. We did spray them with acrylic sealer before and after (to use less paint, mostly). The other half are done with what the store had labeled "outdoor acrylic paint." They've all held up well to the blazing summer sun without much fading!
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