How To Paint Terra Cotta Pots & Steps
With Neon 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 neon 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 :) .
Rust-Oleum 214945 Glow in the Dark 7-Ounce, Glow In The Dark by Rust-Oleum
Rust-Oleum Glow-In-The-Dark Brush-on Paint - BLICK art ...
Things you will need
for your glow in the dark pots and steps
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 neon spray paint.
6. Glow-in-the-Dark paint can be found at any store, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot at crafts stores etc. 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 neon glow in the dark paint. 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.
How to find neon glow in the dark, paint
First of all I am not to convinced in doing the steps with neon glow in the dark paint. It would have to be with an epoxy glo paint. There are easier methods out there where you can buy treads. They glow in the dark.
I know that at hardware stores you can buy paint for cement but as far as the glo in the dark paint I am a little leary in how long it will last outdoors.
But they do have the paint for cars so I suppose I would have to take that into account being that cars are outdoors as well. But then again it isn't cement? Hmmmm?
I am a little skeptical in mixing paint myself but that is my own personal opinion regarding the steps. If you look at the video below you will see that it is very detailed and to much put into it.
I love the idea of having terra cotta pots matching my steps but I probably would go with a ready mixed paint. A lot of these places that has the color in them, already had mixed the color into it when laying the cement down.
Example below are treads: This is just something else to think about to add glo to your steps or walkway it would be a lot easier for me anyway some people have the time to paint their steps and walkways I am not one of them.
- For painting your steps or walkway. Use an epoxy glow paint
- Apply three coats
- Let dry
- You might want to add an epoxy protective cover once the three coats have dried.
Set of 4 - Glo In The Dark Stair Treads
They too can add a natural light in the dark bringing out any garden or landscape at night.
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.