Lamp being painted with ESP

How to paint a ceramic lamp

Surfaces like ceramic can be a nightmare to paint as it’s difficult to get the paint to adhere shiny and non-porous surfaces. It can also be prone to peeling and flaking.

Our easy-to-follow guide can save you money by up-cycling that lamp and create whatever look you’re after!


Lamp (or any other ceramic surface)
1 bottle of ESP
Clean cloths
Any oil or water-based paint or varnish of your choice

How long will it take?

Your lamp will be ready to paint in less than 3 hours (and 2 of those have you sat with your feet up!)

Skill Level


How To Guide

Step 1 – Cleaning and preparing the lamp

Before starting you need to clean the lamp thoroughly to remove any grease, oil and other surface dirt in order for the next steps to adhere.

Be sure to also dry the surface of the lamp with a lint free cloth before moving onto step 2.

Step 2 – Applying Owatrol’s ESP

Next you should apply a generous coat of Owatrol’s ESP using a brush or cloth.

This is a wipe-on wipe-off product which prepares and primes any shiny surface for painting. That’s right; you read correctly – no need for sanding or rubbing with wire wool!

Just apply the ESP to the entire ceramic surface of the lamp with your brush or cloth and leave it to work for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2 - Applying ESPStep 3 – Removing excess ESP

After waiting for 5-10 minutes simply wipe off any excess Easy Surface Prep using a clean cloth by wiping in one direction.

Step 3 - Wipe Off Excess ESPStep 4 – Leaving to dry

Leave the lamp to allow the ESP to dry completely which should take 2 hours. You’ll notice that ESP dries completely clear leaving you the option to experiment with clear or semi-opaque finishes as well as opaque ones.

Step 5 – Painting the lamp

You can now happily paint your ceramic lamp with your choice of oil or water-based paint or varnish following the manufacturer’s instructions.

You can sleep soundly, safe in the knowledge that your painted lamp is not going to peel or be prone to scratches!

However, you don’t need to do this step immediately; ESP can be painted over any time from 2 hours after application until 7 days later.

Do remember though that if it has been longer than a week you will need to repeat steps 1-4 before painting.

Step 5 - Painting the LampClean Up

You can clean your tools and equipment using just regular soap and water.

If you follow our guide do send us a before and after photo; we might feature it on our website!

We hope you found this guide on how to paint a ceramic lamp interesting.

If you have any other advice or top tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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