Any tips on painting white plastic black?

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  1. WiiUBricker

    WiiUBricker News Police

    Sep 19, 2009
    I have a monitor with a white plastic frame that I want to paint matte black. What do I use? Can I use a generic color spray used for cars (those smell horrible)? Or is there something better suited available? Thanks for any help.
  2. Alkéryn

    Alkéryn Moon Dweller ~

    Mar 15, 2015
    Albategnius, Moon
    First I you should use a spray but not a car one lmao
    There are somes specifically intended for plastic
    Just google it and search for spray painting tutorial
  3. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    "those smell horrible"

    If you are playing with any kind of spray then you know outside works best right? At least in cases where you don't have proper breathing gear (you don't).

    Anyway painting plastics can be a right pain. There are also an awful lot of different plastics and some of those have different requirements. Now realistically the monitor shell is going to be HDPE, ABS or maybe once in a blue moon it will be PMMA. If it was a VGA one then polystyrene (PS) is an option but I would be quite shocked to see that in a standard LCD today.

    I should also mention that stickers/vinyls exist for a reason and could be the far better option for you. Also an option is building a case of some form -- far easier to paint a wooden box after all.

    In either case you will want to remove the bezel (don't try masking, it will not do well in this instance) and avoid blocking any ventilation ports (no point in making a nice mod like this to have it die in 5 months because it cooked itself).

    The finish of the plastic is also important to consider -- if this is some piece of apple junk then they often have the shiniest of the shiny finishes that attract all the fingerprints, now consider what happens when instead of your oily fingerprint it is an oil based paint. A nice matte one on the other hand.

    What do you think many car bodies and interior trim are made from? I will give that cheap cans are probably intended for basic steel, especially if the OP is in Argentina, but I would look at car stuff as part of this.

    Also for as useless as computing, electronics... tutorials are then painting is just as bad. There is some good stuff but without the grounding needed to sort the wheat from the chaff of the tutorials
  4. Gizametalman

    Gizametalman Banned

    Dec 18, 2015
    D.F. - Zona Cero.
    Depends on the material that you want to paint on.
    Since it's a monitor, I presume it should be plastic, or something like that.
    Then, you can use paint for PVC tubes or the like, because it'll hold on to the plastic surface.

    Any other type of paint (not special for plastic) will require a surface to adhere on, like acrylic paint.
    So, let's say that you use other type of pain that's not for plastic, what you could (or need) to do is to lay a layer of white acrylic pain first, and once its dried, you lay your black paint onto it. This will prevent the black painting from peeling off the plastic.