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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011
    Manville, New Jersey

    Question Best Way to Paint a Batch of PVC Pipes?

    So I'm working on my fence and I have heard different things about painting the pipes. Some people say spray paint and the others say it takes too many cans and it's too hard. Some people say paint by hand and others say it takes to long.
    So what is the best way to do this?
    Also, I probably will also need to paint the black plastic chain for it at some point too. I'll take any ideas for that as well.
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    method 1: lay all your sections down tightly packed but in 1 layer, spray that side, wait for it to dry, roll over, spray yadda yadda rinse repeat.

    method 2: assemble sections. mount on rebar stakes and spray or brush.

    Personally, I prefer to spray, I have an air compressor, so I just bought a paint spray gun for it $50 or so at your home improvement store of choice. With this you can use almost any type of paint. if you go this route you will also need to get the appropriate thinner for the type of paint. compared to the cost of spray cans.... or the brush strokes left behind .... worth its weight in gold.

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    Aug 2013


    Just don't buy the cheap spraypaint. That's the best advice I've got for that, and it came the hard way.

    More creative - get one of those donut shop icing waterfalls, thin out your paint a bit...

    I've got a bunch to paint this year too. Not sure there's a real "best" way.

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    Medicine Hat, Alberta


    Whatever you do, do not use that Fusion spray can stuff that is supposed to be for plastics it is a nightmare! It splatters and drips and does not fuse to anything but your hand!
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    I laid all my poles out on a drop cloth close together. Then I used a paint roller. I rolled them and waited for them to dry. Roll the poles over and roll them again. Repeat until covered. Use a thick nap roller to cover more. This also puts the paint on thicker so it doesn't chip off easily. Worked great for me.

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    Bloomington, IN
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    The Krylon Fusion paint works really well IF you give the pipes a light sanding first and make sure that all of the dust and dirt is off of them. If not, as Kakugori noted, it just drips and chips. I've had great success with it if I take those steps first.

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    Oct 2011
    Southern California


    Best Way to Paint a Batch of PVC Pipes?
    i was doing some pipe that are my spotlights this year... i used the $.99 flat black spray from lowes. Seems to be working ok and sticking well to the pvc... at a buck i can use three or four and still be under the cost of a can of fusion. we will see how well it will hold up though. I would definitely suggest getting the spray can trigger adapter, it will save your finger
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    Nov 2010
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


    Same we used regular flat black spray paint, laid the PVC rods out, sprayed and rolled. Ours are 4-5 years old now and still look great! I also have the comfort grip accessory 89Lt1 has shown above, it is a must if you are doing a lot of spraying. Good luck,
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  10. #9
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    Oct 2009
    College Park MD


    Ironically, I just finished assembling my fence sections and gate, and today I begin painting them.

    There is a secret weapon that makes painting your PVC pipes a LOT quicker and easier; it's called a painting mitt. You wear it like a mitten, dip it into the paint, and go. Cheaper than spray paint, quicker than a brush, and you get excellent coverage. I also suggest lightly sanding your PVC before painting to improve adhesion.

    Here's a link to HD, but I'm sure Lowes would have it as well, or any paint store.

    I'd suggest using a lint roller or some tape on the mitt before use to remove any loose fuzzies.
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    Oh I wish I had that when I did all 105 of my 5' poles. Lol.


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