How to Spray Paint Electronic Goods

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A can of acrylic spray paint can make your old electronics look new.
A can of acrylic spray paint can make your old electronics look new. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Next time, buy the neon-yellow Ninendo Wii, or the bright-pink DVD player if it is on sale, because you can always spray-paint it. Spray-painting electronic goods customizes them to the owner’s choice of color. Acrylic spray paint works on metal and plastics. Acrylic paint is commonly used to paint consumer electronics. With a few supplies from the local hardware store, you can spray-paint your electronics goods any color you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Steel wool
  • Masking tape
  • Cardboard sheet
  • Primer spray paint
  • Acrylic spray paint
  • Press-on lettering

Rub the exterior of the electronics item with steel wool. The steel wool helps remove the existing paint and smooths deep scratches on the exterior.

Cover all inputs, outputs and screens of the electronics item with masking tape. Spray paint might clog the openings or damage the electronics components inside.

Place a cardboard sheet underneath the items you want to spray paint. The cardboard protects the surfaces underneath the items.

Take a picture of the components in the front and back of the electronics item. After spray painting, all labels will be covered with paint. Use the pictures as a reference for after painting.

Spray a layer of primer spray paint over the electronics item. Let the paint dry for 10 hours.

Spray a layer of acrylic spray paint over the item. Let the paint dry for 10 hours. Three coats of acrylic paint will effectively cover the electronic item.

Examine the pictures of the electronics item from Step 4. Use press-on lettering to replace the covered labels on the item.

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