Kilt is a company that sells primers, specialty paints and masonry care products. Kilz’s Siding, Fence and Barn paint is the right product to paint a wooden birdfeeder. No primer or finishing product is necessary because this product is designed to paint outdoor wood products as it is made of an oil and latex mix that is designed to resist fading, peeling, cracking and blistering. Paint the birdfeeder on a day that is above 50 degrees F when rain is not expected for at least 24 hours.
Clean the bird feeder with a 10 percent bleach solution, if necessary. Allow the bird feeder to dry and lightly sand it with fine sandpaper if it currently has a glossy finish or use rough sandpaper followed by fine sandpaper to remove glue or chipping wood.
Open the can with a paint can opener or flat head screwdriver. Mix the paint well with a stirring stick, usually provided when you buy the paint. Lay the bird feeder on a sheet of plastic, not newspaper which may transfer images to the bird feeder.
Paint the bird feeder with a small bristle or foam paint brush, about ½ to 1 inch wide. Paint one side at a time in even, smooth strokes. Do not apply a thick coat and do not allow the paint to drip. It’s better to apply two thinner coats of paint than one thick coat of paint. Paint all sides except for one side or the bottom, which you can do later.
Wait for the paint to dry to apply a second coat. According to Kiltz, this will take approximately six to eight hours. Between coats, wrap the paintbrush in a moist rag and close the paint can tightly. You’ll have to restir the paint before painting again. After another six to eight hours, paint the last side and repeat for a second coat, if necessary.