A couple of months ago I saw a picture of Robin Berkhuizen on Instagram, with a beautiful terrace made of wood with on it a couple of oblong, black planters. We also have a terrace from wood, so I saw the planters already standing on our terrace. I started looking for such planters everywhere. Nowhere to be found, anyway not against a payable price. And I wanted three of them, preferable all the same size. After a long search I suddenly run into a couple of planters made from Fiber clay. They were not black at all but a strange brown grey color. And you could see that they were outside for a while. But the price was good. So I found my planters and I would paint them black myself.
But what kind of paint do I need? They have to stay outside in Summer and Winter. I searched on the internet which paint I could use, but didn’t find a lot about painting Fiber clay.
Fiber Clay is made of fiberglass combined with clay. It’s light weighted and can be used in Cold and in warm areas.
Often there are a lot of little holes on the outside, like there were air bubbles when making the planter. And they look a little bit like concrete.
I wanted to make them high gloss black, which is not so nice if you see all the holes.
It’s impossible to fill all the holes, but I started to fill at least the biggest holes.
I filled the holes with this “Allesvuller” from Alabastine
For three planters I almost used the complete package.
I let it dry for 1 day and after that I used a sander to make it all equal again. After sanding you clean it all with a small broom and sweep the rest of the dust off with cleaning fluid that is also good to make it fat free.
As primer I used universal paint from Wijzonol which is suitable for all kind of materials like wood, plastic, iron, concrete etc.
Because I was painting outside, the paint store advised me to use turpentine based paint, this stays wet for a longer time, so easier to use outside.
The next layer was the high gloss black paint, also turpentine based.
Pff I was so disappointed with the results, you could see exactly where I filled the holes and it stills looks like there were a thousand holes or more in all three planters.
The day after that I painted another layer with the high gloss paint and it became a little bit better. So in total I painted 4 layers of high gloss.
Off course the holes aren’t completely gone, but it looks much better
First some root cloth and after that a complete bag of Hydro grains in the planter, then the garden soil and finally the plants.
I’m very satisfied with the result, it looks like they’ve been there forever.
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