how to paint pvc pipe

How to Paint PVC Pipe to Make It Last Long

So you want to paint your PVC pipe at home but are confused about how to do it? Then worry not. Here I will explain how to paint PVC pipe as a beginner and make it beautiful and long-lasting. 

But before that, let me tell you that not all paints are suitable for PVC paint. Some paints are made, especially for PVC pipes that stick to the surface and protect it. When you buy it, check this one, and you are good to go.

Tools Required for PVC Painting

Tools Required for PVC Painting

Painting a PVC pipe is a time-consuming task. If you do not have all the tools required to do the painting smoothly, it will give you hell. That is why you must collect these tools first. So, your work can become efficient. Here is your list. 

  • A paintbrush or a Spray can
  • A few sandpapers
  • Plastic primer
  • Plastic paint with your desired color
  • Hand gloves
  • Face mask
  • Protective goggles
  • Some cloths and
  • A few newspapers

Once you have got all the above tools, it is time to paint PVC pipe at home.

How to Paint PVC Pipe Smoothly at Home

Okay, before you learn how to paint PVC pipe, cover all those items close to your PVC pipe with newspapers and clothes to protect them from the new paint. Cover them well and then follow the next steps.

1. Choose The Right Paint for Your PVC

Choose The Right Paint

First, choose the color of the paint and then the quality. Nowadays, paint comes with many different features that you can choose from. But with many features, it also comes with a good cost. 

Most importantly, make sure the paint you are buying is suitable for PVC painting and made for this. It is your top priority when choosing a paint for your PVC pipe.

2. Watch Out for the Weather Conditions Before Painting

Watch Out for the Weather Conditions

Now before you start cleaning the pipe, I want you to look at the weather condition. If the wealth condition is highly humid, know it will take longer to dry. It will increase your painting and re-coat time.

Also, make sure the area is well-ventilated to pass the air freely without much work. Open all the windows and doors to make this work. Finally, if there is a heat source nearby, cover it up or shout it down, as the paint may catch fire because of the acetone available in it. 

Also read: How to Glue a PVC Pipe at Home

3. Sand The PVC Pipe Well

Sand The PVC Pipe

Take out your sandpaper and clean the surface of your PVC pipe. But do it smoothly, as you do not want deep scratches on your pipe. If your PVC pipe is new, then you do not need it. Just a normal cleaning will do the work.

The goal here is to smooth out the pipe and remove all odd areas that may cause problems in the future. You can also use an electric sander to do the same work, but I prefer hand sandpaper, as it is cost less and is more convenient.

4. Start with the PVC Primer

Start with the PVC Primer

Not all, but some plastic paints require a coat of primer spread on the pipe before applying the original paint. But it is always a good habit to use a primer no matter what the paint manufacturer says unless you are on a short budget. 

The purpose of this primer is to make the original paint stick to the pipe’s surface easily, which can increase the lifespan of the PVC. So get a white color primer and a new brush, apply a coat of primer, and let it dry for a few hours before applying the paint.

5. Now Start Painting on the Pipe

Now is the fun part of how to paint PVC pipe. Take a new brush and start painting. But before that, practice it on a different surface and see how it goes. If it looks fine, then you are good to go. You can also use spray paint to do the same work.

Be careful with your paint and try not to waste much of it, as they cost good money. Paint top to bottom so that, those paints do not overlap because of gravity. Then let it dry for a day before you apply the second coat. 

Although some experts say a few hours is enough. But if you are not in hurry then you should let it dry for 24 hours for better performance.

6. Apply a Second Coat

The next day, pick up a new paintbrush and apply the second coat slowly. These two layers of paint will ensure that the PVC pipe looks good and get good protection year after year. 

7. Let the Paint Dry

Now, again let it dry for 24 hours. But if the weather condition is not good, dry it for 48 hours. So that the paint can stick to the pipe surface accurately. Then you are done. Congratulations.

PVC Pipe Painting FAQs

PVC Pipe Paint FAQs

Can you paint PVC pipe?

Yes, you can. Get a paintbrush, PVC primer, and sandpaper for cleaning, and then start painting the pipe. It is very easy.

What paint will stick to PVC?

A paint that is made only for plastic materials will stick to the PVC well. Ask your hardware store guy, and they will help you with it.

What is the best way to paint PVC pipe?

First, clean the surface of the pipe using sandpaper, apply a primer on the PVC, and then start the real paint.

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Last Words

So this is how to paint PVC pipe smoothly at home using a few basic steps and tools. Anyone can do it. If your plumbing line is big, I suggest you hire someone to make the thing work faster and save you from getting hurt. If still, you want to do it yourself I wish you the best of luck.

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Nazim Ali is an engineer who loves fixing things at home. He loves to try new things and share the knowledge with the world.