How To Paint A Ceramic Pot

Let’s say you have a ceramic pot, and you want to paint it. So you need to know, how to paint a ceramic pot? Many people ask some questions about how to paint ceramic pots? how to paint plant pots outdoor? How do painting clay flower pots? I will answer some questions and start paint step by step. Let’s know about those questions and answer, it will increase your painting knowledge.

How To Paint A Ceramic Pot


There are many kinds of paint available for ceramic products. All the paint aren’t lasting long. But you could choose some paint, that is really good for the ceramic product. Latex, Acrylic, and Epoxy paint are very good for ceramic products. 

You could use those paint on a ceramic pot, ceramic tile wall, ceramic vase, ceramic mug, and other ceramic product. Use liquid paint, so that you could apply by hand. Epoxy paint is easy to get a glossy, highly durable, and it is long-lasting.

Keep in mind that epoxy paint is more expensive than other kinds of paint. Acrylic and Latex paint is also good for ceramic pots and vases. This paint is easy to find, and also easy to work with it.


Yes, of course. Have fun to make the design. You can design your ceramic pot. To design a ceramic pot, you’ll need to buy many kinds of ceramic color. Also, you’ll need many kinds of painting brush like, small, big, and medium. Need some experience to make design on a ceramic pot.


We can paint over glazed ceramic pots with 2 methods. The 1st method is hand painting, and the 2nd method is spray painting. Now, we are going to see the painting methods and paint our pot, and making beautiful. So, let’s go to paint a ceramic pot.


We are learning here, how to paint a ceramic pot by hand. It is too much fun to paint already glazed ceramics by hand. You could make a design on the ceramic pot. To know properly paint a pot use the below steps. We are painting our pot step by step. Hand painting is little hard but, it lasts for a long time. Let’s see the steps for hand painting. We need some stuff before we start painting. Gather those stuff and prepare for paint.

You'll need these stuff to paint a ceramic pot

  • 1
    A ceramic pot
  • 2
    Ceramic paint
  • 3
    Small plastic bowel
  • 4
    Small or medium brush
  • 5
    Wire brush
  • 6
    Cotton swabs
  • 7
    Clear spray acrylic

Step 1: prepare the ceramic pot

Soak the pot in a big basin of hot water for an hour. Then, scrub the pot with a stiff brush. It can remove spots, striker, and surface dust. Put the pot in the sun and allow it to dry completely before painting.


Put the paint on a small bowel for base coat. Adjust the paint with other shades if desired. Make the paint thin by adding water. It helps you to make an easier base coat on the pot.


Apply the paint on a ceramic pot with foam brush. Workaround the ceramic pot in board sweeps. Extend the paint an inch and sweeps well. Sweep your brush up and down on the top of your pot. Don’t cover the bottom of the pot, which should be left clear for optimal drainage. The ceramic pot will absorb a lot of paint. Apply the additional coat, if you like to do it. Allow drying your ceramic pot between the coats.


  • Wear safety glass, hand gloves, dust mask. It can protect you from any solution containing chemicals, such as stripper, cleaner.
  • Do not store paint near to any heat or fire source like  gas stove, electric stove, water heater, fireplace, etc.
  • Do not touch paint with fingers.


If you want to spray paint ceramic pots or outdoor pot and looking for an easy way, this article is for you. In this article, I will show you a best method to paint your ceramic pot by spray paint. It’s an easy method, you could change your ceramic pots look by spray paint. Let’s see how to paint a ceramic pot.


  • A ceramic pot
  • spray paint
  • Warm water
  • Brush

Step 1:

Clean your ceramic pot or planter as well. You could use warm water and brush to clean it. Make sure the ceramic pot are dry before you put paint on it.

step 2:

Choose a paint or multiple paints for your pot. Make sure your pot is cool. Do not spray paint on the pot, if it is directly blazing sun and if it is heating up. If you do this, your pot will end up with bubbles and peeling paint after few days.

Step 3:

Hold the spray paint bottle 12 inches away and start spraying with a sweeping motion. Apply the paint on your ceramic pot in a light coat. Allow the pot dry for a few minutes between spray other coats. Don’t forget to spray the top couple inch inside the ceramic pot. Allow the paint to fully dry your ceramic pot. Keep it away for 40 to 50 minutes.

Step 4:

Spray the paint for a second coat after drying the first coat. This is the last finishing coat. Spray the paint at least 10 inches away from the ceramic pot with sweep motion. Dry the pot and keep it in a safe place. Read more, how To Season A Ceramic Frying Pan


  • Do not touch the paint before dry. If you do this your paint will be screeches.
  • Do not place it in blowing dust wind for dry the paint.
  • Do not place the ceramic pot in the direct sun. It will thread the paint and damage the paint surface.
  • Keep your pot dry and cool place.
  • Shake the can of spray paint for 1 minute before applying.


Spray paint getting crack and winkle for few causes. Check out the causes below.

  • If you spray paint on warm pot, the paint will be crack or bubbling.
  • When you spray paint for first coat spray the paint thickly. Which makes ceramic pot dry very faster. If you spray the paint on dry paint it will crack or peeling out.


There is some way to avoid crack, bubbling, peeling from the ceramic pot.

  • Apply spray paint when the temperature is 65 to 80 degrees.
  • Apply the spray only light even coats and re-coat in every few minutes.
  • Read the back of the spray paint can, some brands says that you should re-coating done in 30 to 50 minutes. Then do not re-coat for 24 to 48 hours. Otherwise, the paint may wrinkle or crack.
  • Keep your ceramic pot dry and cool place after painting.

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