Can you paint a silver aluminum greenhouse - green?

Would anyone know - is it possible I can paint my aluminum greenhouse. It is silver but I would like it painted green or indeed black.

I have looked about spray paints etc etc..advice mostly relates to cars though..primer / is the aluminum brushed or polished etc

So..does anyone know? I have yet to erect my greenhouse - so perfect timing to paint it.

Thoughts welcome


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Two thoughts-why? and why bother?

    Just seems a lot of fiddly work

    You did askimage

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Chances are, it will in time just flake off and look unsightly. Nope, too much hardwork now, and in the future.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,490

    Have to agree with Geoff and marshmello.  The green coloured ones are powder-coated which is baked on in an oven and chemically bonds to the surface.  Ordinary paint has a tendency to flake from aluminium over time and if you had to touch it up in a few years, you'd need to take the glass out - a horrible and dangerous job.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    If you want to disguise , could you screen it off ?
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    We painted ours before we built it. Etch primed then British racing green, 2 pack paint as used for motorcycles, sprayed on. 2005, no paint coming off yet. Blends in a treat

  • garjobogarjobo Posts: 86

    Okay - thanks ( i think! ) for the replies. And thanks Nutcutlet...seems there is a paint afterall then. I will look out for motorbike can - although the only one i see so far is guarenteed or temp's up to ...well motorbike engine degree!! - when really its a freezing cold/wet climate paint would be more ideal.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,490

    Garjobo, After looking this up I think nutcutlet is right - you need to use an etch primer first, then when that is fully dry, paint it again with whatever colour you want.  This stuff seems to be what you need:


    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Looking up other websites etc primer and hamerite external paint seems to do the job. Im about to do it so will update

  • Hi Joe how did it go priming and painting your greenhouse???? I am considering doing this to mine. How does it look?
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