Painting PVC pipe

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Forum topic by Betsy posted 2097 days ago 4275 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Will PVC pipe take an enamel paint without chipping off before Christmas morning is over?


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#1 posted 2097 days ago


Scuff the surface first with a scuff pad, steel wool, fine sandpaper or some abrasive scouring powder to provide some mechanical adhesion.

Final rinse with a vinegar solution ( for the mild acidic wash), and you should be ok for a short term project.


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#2 posted 2097 days ago

Terrific. Thanks Q!

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#3 posted 2097 days ago

Scuff and use gripper primer first.. It will bond well and hten you can paint as you like. i have used gripper on ceramic successfully too.

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#4 posted 2097 days ago

You might check with Rustoleum they make some paints specifically for plastics they might work on PCV, I’ve used it and it’s worked good for me. I used it on lawn chairs and it really stays on.

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#5 posted 2097 days ago


I have sprayed thinned, water based exterior house paint on plastic spoutings/gutters. Holds up pretty well. I did wash it down with vinegar and water solution first.


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#6 posted 2095 days ago

For the best results use a scuff the surface and use a plastic paint primer. Most places carry the primers in spray cans as well.

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#7 posted 2095 days ago

I use an epoxy chormate primer then any paint will hold fast to it.

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#8 posted 2095 days ago

I’ve used that rustoleum paint specially formulated for plastic on a PVC coat tree I built about 4 years ago, and it’s still hanging on beautifully
Scuff the surface first of course

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#9 posted 2095 days ago

Thanks guys. I appreciate the tips.

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#10 posted 2095 days ago

When I was modding a desktop computer, I was painting some of the plastic. Unless you are trying to use materials you already own, you may want to check out the autoparts store. There are products called “vinyl dyes”. They cost the same as a can of spray paint and work just the same. It sticks great. If you want, I can see about posting a picture later. Just PM me if you want to see it and I’ll try to post it here. Any clues as to what you are trying to make?

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