The safest paint for bird baths is, MyArtscape Acrylics (non-toxic) (link to Amazon)
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Safe Paint For Bird Baths
I get a lot of questions about how to paint a concrete bird bath so that it’s safe for birds to drink the water. Here you’ll find the answers to your questions. I have been making and painting concrete bird baths for what seems like forever. I know what works and what is safe for your birds.
Painting Concrete Bird Bath
Painting concrete bird bath is no different than painting any other type of concrete ornament. I have painted many bird bathes over the years and never had any problems with paint blistering or bubbling.
If you do it the way I do, you won’t have to worry about poisoning your birds that come to pay the bird bath a visit. Because I use all non-toxic products. I’ll tell you exactly what I use and how to apply it. So let’s get into how it’s done.
You should base coat all of your concrete ornaments. It helps to prevent the top coat of paint from bubbling or blistering on the statue.
To properly apply the base coat you should mix water with your desired color basecoat. About a 50/50 mix should do the trick. You want the concrete to absorb the paint and that will create a seal.
You should use flat latex acrylic paint for this, here is what I personally use, Glidden Flat Black Exterior Paint(Link to Amazon) It’s not necessary to use that brand or color, it is just my personal preference.
Applying The Top Coat
This here is pretty much straightforward. Paint the bird bath whatever color you want to make it. For this, use an acrylic paint also.
I recommend flat exterior paint over enamels or med or hi-gloss paints because they tend to smear, whereas flat paint doesn’t.
I recommend and personally use this paint, MyArtscapeAcrylic Paint Set (link to Amazon) and then seal it using Rainguard 1 Gallon Premium Paint Sealer then wait a day for it to dry and your set to go!
Best Color For Bird Bath
Colors like grey, brown, and dull green help small birds feel camouflaged and safe. However, bright colors, like reds, yellows, and blues can attract birds from high up and several bird species show a preference for these colors. Hummingbirds, for instance, seem to like the color red, so feeders and baths with red accents may attract hummingbirds. Avoid the color white— it’s used as a warning color to show that a bird is a threat and stands out a lot, possibly making birds insecure.
Applying A Sealer
Now you have to seal the bird bath with a nontoxic sealer. That way the water that you will be putting in the lid won’t ruin the paint over time. I use a non-yellowing, non-toxic concrete sealer. So there will be no harm to the birds that drink and bathe in the bird bath. I personally use Rainguard International SP-9004 Ready to Use 1 Gallon Premium Paint Sealer (link to Amazon) I never had any problems with that brand sealer.
How To Get Birds To Use A Bird Bath
- Ideally, a bird bath looks like a puddle of water to a bird, except the water is clean, so keeping it low to the ground will attract more birds to your bird bath.
- Birdbath placement is also important. Place it in the shade if possible.that will discourage algae growth plus slow down the evaporation speed of the water.
- Keep your bird bath away from shrubs or anything dense plants. Predators, like cats, will hide in there to get a free meal.
- Clean your bird bath lid once a week and replace water in it daily to reduce diseases from spreading from bird to bird.
- Birds are very territorial. keep distance between your bird bath and feeders. For that matter, keep space between your feeders too.
- Put pebbles or small stones in the lid so the birds don’t slip while there bathing themselves. That will also allow butterflies to stop by and have a drink.
How To Clean A Concrete Bird Bath
First, I’d rinse it clean as much as possible. then (assuming the concrete isn’t flaking or crumbling) I’d brush any remaining debris and rinse again. Finally, I’d fill the bath with clean water and add a few ounces of chlorine bleach.
Bleach is alkaline and may not play well with concrete, but if you leave it in for only five minutes or so—long enough to get rid of any mold and mildew—then rinse thoroughly, you should be fine. That’s how I clean my bird baths.
There you have it! All you need to know about how to paint a concrete birdbath plus much more. Hope this guide was helpful. Also, if you’re looking for a heated bird bath for the upcoming winter, check out my review of them here, Heated Bird Bath