How To Paint Terra Cotta Pots
With Glow In The Dark Paint
Put the outside lights away and lets light the way with glow paint instead. This project is so beautiful and colorful. Can you imagine seeing this type of art displaying in your garden or yard? I have never done this before, but when I have more time I sure would love to try this.
Painting terra cotta pots with a glow in the dark paint and lining them up with steps.
What a natural affordable way to go with not only adding color but a natural light that shows at night too.
How cool is that! I am amazed at what little you need to create such beauty. I mean how many of us already have terra cotta pots and still have them over the years. Bringing a unique idea to your plants is just the thing that most of us want anyway, at least I do.
I don't want to have a yard and garden that matches with the neighbors on my block. I want something unique and different. Something that hardly no one else has. So I am willing to take the steps in learning exactly what you need to do to get this kind of look and to share it with you. Is that ok with you?
Pass it on because it is such a cool way to add beauty to anyone's garden, if you don't want to they might :) .
Things you will need
1. Plastic cloth, a layer of newspapers or an old vinyl tablecloth
2. New terracotta pot you can also pick up one at a thrift store or goodwill.
3. Use sandpaper or you can use a stiff brush whatever is easier for you.
4. Newspaper, plastic cover of any kind.
5. Glow in the dark paint.
6. Glow-in-the-Dark paint can be found at any store, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot at crafts stores etc. Depending on the glow paint you use. I will give you some ideals. You probably can also benefit by checking art stores too.
You can also mix the paint to create a new shade. However, mixing with non-glowing colors will affect the glow properties of the paint.
7. Clear acrylic spray paint for the inside and Gloss Epoxy Protector for the outside.
Lets get started - How to paint your terra cotta pots
Soak the pot in warm water for about an hour before you scrub or sand the pot. You can add a small amount of bleach to it for soiled pots. Rinse thoroughly, and be sure the pot is completely dry before applying paint.
If you prefer, you can use a sponge brush to apply high gloss enamel paint instead of spray paint.
- Cover your work surface. You can use newspaper, an old plastic cloth or vinyl tablecloth or sheet
- Cleaning time like with everything. Scrub all the bumps and imperfections with a stiff brush or use fine sandpaper being very careful.
- Get a damp soft cloth and remove the traces of dust and grit then let the pot dry. If you want you can soak the pot in warm soapy water for about an hour and then let it dry.
- Inside of the terra cotta pot spray 2 to 3 coats of clear acrylic spray paint so that it can seal the pot and prevent moisture through to the outside of the pot.
- Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before proceeding.
- Layer the pot with primer paint as its first coating.
- Paint the outside of the pot. Use a thin coat glow in the dark paint. Following the directions to the glow and dark paint that you use. Extend the paint to the top 2 inches of the inside of the pot. It isn't necessary to paint any more of the inside if the pot will be filled with soil.
- Let the pot dry thoroughly. Then apply a second coat. After that coat dries, apply a final coat.
- Seal the pot with a coat of clear acrylic spray paint. This protects the paint from any scratches, adds durability and makes the pot easier to keep clean.
- Allow the sealer to dry completely, and then spray on a second coat. (Gloss Epoxy Protector) is recommended to protect the neon glow paint.
- Set the pot aside to dry for at least 2 to 3 days before planting flowers in it.
A Word Of Advise
When painting with glow in the dark paint, a little is better than too much. You can always go over the spot again with a little more if it is not dark enough. Let it dry first before doing another coat.
Hints for those using this paint written by one of the customers reviews:
paint the item White first. If you color it dark without painting white first the glow will go away. There will be a slight green tint to it even if it is supposed to be clear. Any glow in the dark will have a tint.
A Neighbors Sidewalk
Glow In The Dark For Concrete "Concrete that glows in the dark. Unlike coatings this is a true concrete that glows in the dark. In other words the photo luminec
Glow In The Dark For Your Driveway Or Steps
This is something that you can use by lining your Terra Cotta Pots next to your steps or your driveway.
There is also a paint that glows in the dark called Phosphorescence. According to wikipedia:
Phosphorescence is a process in which energy absorbed by a substance is released relatively slowly in the form of light. This is in some cases the mechanism used for "glow-in-the-dark" materials which are "charged" by exposure to light. Unlike the relatively swift reactions in fluorescence, such as those seen in a common fluorescent tube, phosphorescent materials "store" absorbed energy for a longer time, as the processes required to re-emit energy occur less often. You can find this online or in a art supply store.
You can learn more about this type of glow in the dark at wikipedia
These are pots with lights inside it isn't glow in the dark paint
Do not confuse these paints and expect them to light up the same way the pots, that are lighted up do, they have lights inside. There are pictures out there that claim this... the pictures that accompanied them were not of actual results. Do Not confuse the two there is a lot of deception claiming that glow in the dark paint can be just as bright. Make sure that you do your own study. Before going out there and purchasing any item. Ask questions and do your own research.