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#1 doodlebird

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:41 PM

I'm thinking of using Rustoleum paint to do the inside of a clay/iron birdbath. In it's first year, the water turned rusty fast after filling. And some of the surface chips away. Anyone ever paint a birdbath? Would any paint be harmful to birds?

#2 cwj2323

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:30 PM

I thought this is a very good question, but as I do not have the answer, I did some hunting and found a couple sites.  They say it is not harmful.  Maybe someone here has experience to answer you better.  We've only just started using bird baths.

http://en.allexperts...ng-birdbath.htm

http://www.birdwatch...-birdbath.html



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Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:59 AM

Thanks for your interest cwj.  I went ahead with the Rustoleum anyway and painted it with 2 coats. It is BRIGHT!  Put it out yesterday. haven't seen a bird use it yet, but last year it was very popular especially for the little bird's baths.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 11:19 AM

the usa banned use of lead in paint years ago but China and several other countrys still use lead based paints.

I saw again on the news last week that inspectors are regularly catching both paints and painted toys and furnature in their spot checks of import containers at usa ports.






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