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How (and why) to Seal Painted Pots – Plus a Mini Bird Bath

How (and why) to Seal Painted Pots – Plus a Mini Bird Bath

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Our deck is looking good.  We’ve got some bright painted furniture, a relaxing place to sit, all surrounded by lots of plants starting to flower.  We have a little bird feeder hanging off the side that, when full, attracts all sorts of beautiful birds.  Little Lady and I decided these birds might want a drink while they are visiting.  So instead of buying or building a bird bird bath I convinced her a little one near the bird feeder would do.  I’m sharing all the details on this little bird bath plus tips on how and why to seal painted pots.  Be sure to watch the quick video below to see the full process. 

How {and why} to Seal Painted Pots

Sealing and painting pots for a bird bath, how to seal painted pots


I purchased a medium terracotta pot and 16 inch saucer, just a couple of dollars each.

painted terracotta pots for a bird bath, seal painted pots

I used blue and white spray paint I had on hand from other deck painting projects.

Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Paint and Primer. Seal painted pots

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This is a great outdoor multipurpose paint.  It’s what I used to paint my plastic chairs.  It comes is a ton of colors, I highly recommend grabbing a few cans of this for your next outdorr project. 

Get it here Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Satin Paint  

The key to keeping this looking shiny and new, and not breaking down over time, is to seal painted pots inside and out.  This technique can be used on any pot you paint.

So why seal painted pots?  

You spend time painting and making the outside beautiful.  Then you add dirt, plants and/or water to the inside.  Terracotta and clay pots are porous so the water seeps into the pot and needs a way out.  It will eventually deteriorate your paint from the inside out.

Before I painted my bird bath I used a clear sealer to spray the inside and outside of the pots.

Rustoleum triple thick glaze to seal painted pots

This is a thick high gloss sealer. I used it before and after the paint, and it adds a nice sheen to the piece. You can use just about any clear sealer for a project like this, just make sure it is suitable for outdoor use.  This is my go to sealer and I have used it on all my outdoor pots. 

You can get a can right here and have it delivered this week!
Rust-Oleum Clear Triple Thick Spray Glaze

How {and why} to Seal Your Painted Pots. plus an easy mini bird bath made with flower pots

Be sure to pin this image above and save it for when you are ready to paint some flower pots.  

Do you have a bird bath?  What kinds of birds do you attract?

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Monday 19th of April 2021

Beautiful. Would you recommend gluing (E5000) the top to the pot. I get squirrels and they've knocked over a plastic bird bath. Thanks.


Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Yes, that would work well. E6000 is a good strong bond.

María Gomez

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Thank you, I stoped painting my terracota pots because the paint fall off and you answer a big question I had, thank you very much.


Friday 15th of January 2021

So glad to hear that!

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Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Do you use a sealer or glue to attach the saucer o top of the pot?


Monday 6th of July 2020

I did not, I like being able to separate and move them as needed. This sits in an area where there isn't a chance that it could get blown or knocked over.

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