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Tom7227

Painting pvc

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I am making some bluebird houses out of PVC.  They need to be white.  I have painted some with Zinser primer but it doesn't adhere very well.  Any idea what I should do to get the paint to stick?

 

Thanks for your time.

 

Tom

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Krylon and Rustoleum both have aerosol primers for plastic.

 

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I've also had good luck spray painting PVC.  Biggest thing I found is to do lots of light coats, the PVC makes the paint want to run in a hurry.

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Just use plain old spray paint in a can. I've done it many many times and seems to stick really nice. Nothing special either I can't even tell you the brand because I have no clue. But as mentioned doing 2-3 light coats helps.

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No idea. Get some spray painting, I guess it will work. 

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Prep the surface with 220 grit sand paper then use acetone to clean and use Krylon Fusion or Rust-Oleum Plastic spray.

 

I highlighted the acetone to clean because that is an important part

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Zach D has nailed it. Keep in mind that acetone evaporates very quickly so a quick wipe just before you paint. And there are specific spray paints now labeled as appliance paint or "plastic" paint.

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Tom is it the birds preference that they be white ?

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Maybe light color keeps cool, doesn't cook the eggs?   

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I am copying the Gilbertson bluebird house.  It is set up so that it looks like a piece of birch.  Paint it white and then using a cheap brush that I have cut up I put dark brown coloration on it to look like birch.  I honestly don't know if the birds care or not.  Since I painted 42 of them before I got the hint on the acetone I hope the birds don't care that much since these will probably peel in a few years.  Of course after getting the hint I remembered it and even found the acetone that I had used 10 years ago when I made a batch.

 

http://www.tmbstudios.com/proddetail.asp?prod="Gilbertson"+PVC+Nest+box

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I forgot to add that it cost less than a hun for the whole thing.  Tough part was finding the thin wall sewer pipe.  Winnick Supply i Forest Lake had it.

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