Repainting a Metal Bird Feeder?

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This is a page about repainting a metal bird feeder. Over time metal bird feeders can rust. With proper prep and a final clear coat, you can give the feeder a new look and it will last for many more years.


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April 5, 2017

I have a birdfeeder that is made of metal, and rusted in one spot. I would like to paint it. I have sanded that spot and all around it. Could you please tell me if Rustoleum would be the correct paint to use.


April 5, 20171 found this helpful
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Yes, that would be the correct paint to use.

It is also recommended to use a prime coat to do the job properly.


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April 6, 20170 found this helpful
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Just be sure the paint you use is lead-free and non-toxic as it is possible the birds may peck some of this when getting food.


Most bird information sites state that paint will last longer if it is brushed on instead of spraying on. It is recommended to use a primer but also a final coat of polyurethane, clear top coat.

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I have a bird feeder with an all over verdigris finish that has completely rusted. I was wondering is it safe to spray paint it or will it harm the birds?

Michelle from Delaware


June 7, 20061 found this helpful
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You can paint the house, but don't put it out for the birds to use this year. Once the birds have done producing offspring...sometimes two sets of baby birds, then put the bird houses out. Let them stay out all year so that they are weathered.


The ones we stained a number of years ago, we always get birds returning and using them throughout the spring/summer. We also put them on the back of our shed, where they seem to enjoy it more than other places we have bird houses.

Oops...bird feeder...needs to weather some..just leave out with no food for right now.

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By Barb (Guest Post)
June 7, 20060 found this helpful
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Hi, I work for a factory that makes the metal weathervanes, bird feeders, etc. I do the hand painting and we use a lacquer base paint and put a clear coat spray over the top. As soon as they are dry, you can use them. Probably the spray paint will work too. It shouldn't bother the birds but you may want to put a clear coat over the top. It does make the color stay a lot longer. Good luck.

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