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The Dos and Don'ts of Spray Painting Camera Gear

3/08/2023 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Spray painting your camera gear is a great way to personalize your equipment and give it a unique look. However, it can be tricky to get right, and if you don't take the necessary precautions, you could end up ruining your gear. In this post, we'll go over some of the dos and don'ts of spray painting camera gear, so you can get the best results possible.

Do Test Your Paint Before You Use It

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when spray painting your camera gear is not testing the paint first. As Caleb Pike found out, sometimes the paint cap on the spray can doesn't match what ends up on your gear. To avoid wasting time and ending up with a color you don't like, always test the paint on a small, inconspicuous area before you start painting.

Do Follow the Instructions on the Can

Different spray paints have different instructions, so it's important to read and follow them carefully. Most spray paints recommend holding the can a certain distance away from the surface you're painting, doing multiple light coats, and allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. By following these instructions, you'll get a smooth, even finish.

Do Move the Display Around to Get Full Coverage

When you're spray painting a camera, it's important to remember that you need to move the display around to get full coverage. This means moving the display in different directions so you can paint all the little parts of the hinge and ensure you get full coverage around the camera. If you don't do this, you may end up with shadowy spots once you're done painting.

Do Scrape Off Paint from LED Lights and IR Receivers

Before you start painting, make sure you identify all the spots where there are little LED lights or IR receivers, such as on the front of the camera. Cover them so you can still see the power indicators, charge lights, and record lights when using the camera.

Don't Hold the Can Too Close

Holding the spray can too close to the surface you're painting can result in drips and uneven coverage. Always follow the instructions on the can and hold it the recommended distance away from the surface.

Don't Rush the Drying Process

It's important to let each coat of paint dry completely before applying the next one. Rushing the drying process can result in a sticky, uneven finish. If you're painting multiple coats, be patient and let each coat dry fully before moving on to the next one.

Don't Forget to Protect Your Workspace

Spray painting can be messy, so it's important to protect your workspace. Cover the area with newspaper or a drop cloth, and wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself from the fumes.


Spray painting camera gear can be a fun and rewarding DIY project, but it's important to take the necessary precautions and follow the dos and don'ts outlined in this post. By testing your paint before you use it, following the instructions on the can, and taking your time, you can get a professional-looking finish that will make your camera gear stand out.

Remember,  do it at your own risk.

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About Caleb Pike:

Caleb Pike is a camera operator, editor, and podcaster based in Chicago, IL. His experience branches from documentary and commercial, to film and educational material.

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