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Post  Maya Papaya on 5/26/2010, 8:42 pm

Hey there folks. What do you all think? I bought some Home Depot buckets that are orange and I decided to use them to plant vegetables in. However, I'm spray painting the outside of containers with a flat black. I'm only painting the outsides - this should be safe with no leaching through the plastic right?

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Post  Wyldflower on 5/26/2010, 8:48 pm

Yep... they should be fine, if you're painting only the outside. Don't forget to drill some drainage holes in the bottoms of the buckets!
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Post  SFG in Chicago on 5/26/2010, 8:50 pm

Sounds fine to me. Might want to lightly rough up the outside with sandpaper to help the paint stick.
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Post  Wyldflower on 5/26/2010, 8:53 pm

... and use the kind of paint that's intended for plastic. I know Rustoleum makes one, and I think the Box Stores have their store brand.
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Post  Maya Papaya on 5/26/2010, 10:26 pm

thanks ya'll.

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Post  Nurse Grams on 5/27/2010, 12:05 am

Just something to think about .... black is going to absorb the heat a lot, which might encourage faster drying out of the soil/mix in the container.

I understand that bright orange or even white is pretty glaring in a landscape or garden. I have two 5 gallon buckets with tomatoes in them. The aquarium salt my Son uses came in the buckets ... which are white and orange. I also plan to buy some of that spray paint for plastics and "tone down" my buckets so they blend in a little better... thinking green or tan or something like that. I heard they even have a spray paint that sort of looks like a rock ... but not sure if that's for plastic items or not.

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Post  Maya Papaya on 5/27/2010, 12:08 am

Hey Pam, that is why I chose to paint them black so that they would absorb the heat more for my heat loving plants. And I live in a cooler climate so I need all the help I can get.

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Post  new2this on 5/27/2010, 8:17 am

I just did that with my ugly, mismatched planting pots.
I used Rustoleum "Painter's Touch" and Krylon "Indoor/Outdoor" - they both worked VERY well.
The paint will stick fine without sanding/roughing up the outside of the bucket.

Krylon makes a spray paint called "Fusions" just for plastic, but I've found the above worked just fine.
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