How to Paint Barrels – Any Color You Like!

Check out what Mike and Judy are doing – they’re painting their barrels to match their house. 

In fact, so many of our customers ask us why the barrels are blue, we thought we’d share Judy and Mike’s story along with some tips & tricks on how to paint barrels!

HOW TO PAINT BARRELS: Mike & Judy show us the ropes

How to prep barrels for painting

paint for plastic barrels

How to paint barrels

Painted rain barrels

The barrels start blue because that’s industry standard for food-grade. When you source barrels through BlueBarrel, they’ll always be blue to ensure they’re safe and compatible.*

But if blue’s not for you, you can paint them!

STEP 1: PRIME THE SURFACE
Mike gives his barrels a once-over with sand paper to help the paint stick better. It’s best to paint the barrels before you install them so that you can get a good even coat on them.

STEP 2: SELECT THE PAINT
Judy shows us the paint. Check your local hardware store for spray paints that are made for outdoor use and bond to plastic. It can take up to two cans of paint for each barrel to get a nice, even finish.

STEP 3: PROTECT YOUR STUFF!
Speaking of plastic, notice she’s protected her fence and plants. She wants white barrels, but she doesn’t need a white garden!

STEP 4: APPLY THE PAINT
Follow the directions on the paint can for a nice even coat. You may need two coats for a nice finish. And remember, you don’t need to paint the bottom!

STEP 5: INSTALL YOUR SYSTEM!
Follow the instructions in your DIY RainKit to complete your BlueBarrel System (of any color!).

* If you start with white barrels, you HAVE to paint them. White, light, or transparent barrels will grow algae faster than you can say “hey, why are my white barrels green?!“. Blue barrels exclude sunlight, so they won’t grow algae. They don’t need to be painted, but they certainly can be!