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How to Use Rustoleum on PVC

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.

Things You'll Need:

  • Rag
  • 400-Grit Sandpaper
  • Broomstick
  • Isopropyl Alcohol

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.

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