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What kind of paint should I use to paint cans?

I have some empty cans and boxes laying around and I want to repurpose them. I'm planning to paint it in a solid color to make it look better but I'm not familiar with different kinds of paint. What kind of paint should I use?

Update:

The cans are small abt 5 cm in diameters and the boxes are made of cardboard

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    any self priming paint will do 

  • Adele
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    You may use acrylic paints to paint cans and many basic painting techniques can be employed on them. Recycle and paint tin cans to use as organizing containers, candle holders, gift containers or holiday decorations. 

  • 2 months ago

    Most any paint will work well. But to make it stick good, lightly sand the shin of the cans first to make a good bond. If you paint metal that is galvanized, wipe the metal down with vinegar first or the paint won't stay on long.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    For the cans, spray paint works the best. Rustolium is agood brand to paint metal.

    Cardboard can be painted with latex or acrylic paint with a brush in a few light coats. You can buy 8 oz tubs of sample paint at Home Depot.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    For best results, use Apple Barrel Gloss, FolkArt Enamels, FolkArt Outdoor, or one of Plaid's several multi-surface acrylic paints formulas. Reduce brush marks on the tin surface by using a soft-bristle paintbrush and only light pressure.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If they are metal cans, in particular steel, you do not want to use a latex paint on them.  Use an oil based paint designed for metal surfaces.  Proper surface preparation, then a primer for metal surfaces, then a couple coats of an oil base top coat, gloss paint.  You can find it in paint stores if you ask for it.  If you have a rusty surface and no way to get to bare metal, then there are some speciality paints that will react with the rust to form a paint barrier. Look up POR-15 paint for rusty surfaces.  We have painted rusty cattle guards with it and it holds up well except where the tire traffic eventually will knock the paint off.  But it is as wearable as any other paint, may be better.  Exceptional chemistry. It forms a "glass".

  • drip
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    What size? What kind of boxes.  I would use spray paint.  If you have cardboard boxes you may need to spray paint them white first to get a true color 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Depends what they are made of. Acrylic paint normally works on everything. 

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