How to Use Rustoleum on PVC

Things You'll Need

  • 400-grit sandpaper
  • Broomstick
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Rag

Applying Rust-Oleum paint to PVC changes the appearance of the material and keeps it from breaking down. PVC breaks down when exposed to ultraviolet light. Without the protection provided by Rust-Oleum paint, PVC will become brittle and eventually crack. Multiple small cracks will cause the PVC to fail under stress. A clean PVC surface will ensure that the applied paint does not chip from the surface of the material and expose it to direct UV light.

Hold the PVC steady with your non-dominant hand.

Dull the surface of PVC by running a piece of 400-grit sandpaper across its surface, using long strokes. Continue sanding until the entire surface of the PVC has a flat sheen.

Place one end of a broomstick in the ground. Keep the broomstick away from your house, vehicles and valuables. Slide the sanded PVC pipe over the secured broomstick.

Pour isopropyl alcohol on a rag. Stop pouring when the rag is damp with fluid. Wipe the entire surface of the PVC with the damp rag. Allow the PVC to dry for 3 to 5 minutes. Shake a can of Rust-Oleum paint according to the instructions printed on the can.

Point the paint nozzle toward the PVC. Hold the paint can nozzle 6 inches from the surface of the plastic. Move the can continuously as you depress the nozzle. Spray a light coat of paint on the entire surface of the PVC. Allow the paint to dry for 4 hours. Repeat the process until the PVC has an even coat of paint on its surface.


  • Paint PVC in warm, dry weather to allow the paint to dry properly.