Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to Paint Galvanized Metal Buckets

There are so many uses for buckets, and we've been over many of those uses in past blogs. But sometimes you want to add a bit of color to your bucket that you are using, what better way to do than to paint your galvanized bucket?

Keep in mind that some of the instructions can be altered for your specific bucket painting needs.
  1.  Using a degreaser wash your bucket well. Since you are using a galavanized bucket steel wool is good fore cleaning this ultra-durable surface.
  2. Rinse your bucket off, be sure to remove all the soap so that your paint is able to stick to your bucket well. 
  3. Allow the bucket to dry for at least an hour.
  4. Take your bucket to the area that you are going to be painting it (be sure area is well ventilated and that you have a drop cloth to protect surface of floor/furniture that you do not want to accidentally get paint on).
  5. Prime your bucket. Etching spray primer is recommended. Allow your bucket to dry for 3 hours.
  6. Now you can paint your bucket, enamel paint is recommended as it is more durable. Use stencils or free hand if you want designs or letters on your bucket. 
  7. Optional: Use a clear coat spray paint to help set your design.


  1. Thank you, this is very helpful...I will follow this.

  2. oil based enamel or can you uase water based please anyone? thanks

    1. I have used acrylic craft paint. When I finish I let it dry well and cover it with 2 to 3 coats of Modge Podge. The buckets have held up well, some are 7 years old. Carefully put the first coat on so there is no smudging of the paint. I have used oil paint and craft enamel as well. As long as you put enough Modge Podge on you shouldn't have a problem