How to Repaint Glazed Ceramics

Repaint a dull white piggy bank bright pink.
Repaint a dull white piggy bank bright pink. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

A good ceramic piece can be a treasured item, but if it is the wrong color, it can look out of place in your home. No need to toss the ceramic piece; instead, repaint that glazed ceramic piece. Preparation is the key and it requires patience and a steady hand, but once you have learned the technique, you are on your way to a brand new color.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Spray primer for ceramics
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray sealer for ceramics

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Rub fine grit sand paper over the entire surface of your ceramic piece to roughen the exterior. This will allow better adhesion of the new paint. Clean the surface of any dust and grit and let it dry.

Coat the surface with a spray-on ceramic primer in steps so you can set the piece down to dry. Let the primer dry thoroughly.

Repaint your piece with acrylic paint and a paintbrush, using at least two coats and more if necessary. Allow the item to dry in between coats. If you are able to wait a day or longer in between coats, you will have more success getting the next coat to adhere.

Spray the entire surface with a matte or gloss sealer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the newly painted ceramic item away from sharp items that may damage the painted surface.
  • When spraying a ceramic piece with a sealer, use light coats that will dry quickly so there are no visible drips.

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