Can Sprinkler Heads Be Painted? [Here’s How]

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We’ve all heard of pimping out a car, but what about pimping out your sprinkler heads? It sounds like an odd combination, but with the right supplies and steps, you can do it!

Painting your sprinklers not only adds a fun personal touch to your home and yard, but it also helps reduce evaporation and saves water—and money.

Let’s look at how to properly paint your sprinkler heads so they look great and still work as intended.

Choosing The Right Paint

Not all types of sprinkler heads are suitable for painting. Most rigid PVC or plastic can often be painted successfully, while metal or brass may damage the head and cause it to malfunction if repainted.

In order to get the job done right, use a primer suitable for outdoor plastic and paint specifically designed for plastics. If possible, buy paint that has UV protection in it so that the color won’t fade in the sun.

Prepping For Paint

It is important to properly prepare the surface before adding any coatings. Start by cleaning off any dust and debris with a brush or cloth. This will ensure that the paint sticks to the surface properly without any bumps or imperfections.

Make sure you cover up any grass or plants near where you are painting—it can be hard to remove paint from these surfaces if you accidentally get some on them!

Lastly, make sure to wear gloves when prepping and painting; this will help keep chemicals off of your skin as well as protect your hands from getting too cold if temperatures drop during application time.

Applying The Paint

Once everything is prepped for painting, apply two coats of primer on both sides of each head (if applicable). Allow time for each coat to dry completely before beginning with the first coat of color-matched paint.

Be sure to apply even layers of paint so that there are no visible lines from one side of the head to the other; this will help create an even finish overall.

Once both coats have been applied, let sit until dry then reattach each head back onto its original spot in the lawn using screws (if applicable).


With just a few simple steps, you can easily jazz up your lawn with painted sprinkler heads! Not only does this give your outdoor space an extra touch of personality, but it also helps reduce evaporation which saves water—and money!

Just make sure that you choose a type of sprayer head that is appropriate for painting (rigid PVC or plastic) and use primers and paints specifically designed for outdoor plastics projects. Have fun experimenting with colors!