This Is How To Paint Outdoor Light Fixtures Back To Their Best

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How to paint outdoor light fixtures starts with masking off the area around the fixture. Then you strip, clean, prime, and paint them.

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They’re Looking A Little Rough

“Yeah, I thought they might be after that big storm,” sighs Sarah.

Jason shrugs. “Well, it’s been a long time too. They weren’t looking their best anyway so at least this motivates us to do something about it.”

Sarah nods and chuckles. “You’ve got a good point there. But, the material is still good, right? If it’s just surface damage we can paint our outdoor light fixtures instead of replacing them.” Jason nods. “That’s true, and we can do it. Let’s look up how to paint outdoor light fixtures on Google, like when we were looking up how to paint a wall.”

Jason takes out his phone and starts searching. “Home improvement project, let’s go!” says Sarah happily.

Here’s what the couple ends up finding:

How To Paint Outdoor Light Fixtures

1. Mask the outdoor light fixtures with tape and plastic

Using masking tape helps make sure the paint goes where you want it to. Not using any can send paint into parts of the light fixture that are not supposed to be painted.

This masking technique works for outdoor light fixtures attached to walls.

Cut a sheet of paper or lightweight material so it extends about 1 to 2 feet around the fixture in each direction. You can also cut styrofoam to create a raised edge around the light.

Unscrew the back of the fixture a bit and slide the material behind it. Cut a slit into the top of the paper and slide it behind the fixture. Use painter’s tape to stick it to the wall, being sure to cover the cut too. Attach the styrofoam border around the fixture and on top of the paper with the duct tape.

You can also use masking tape if you want to paint a design onto your outdoor light fixtures.

2. Strip off the paint

You can use an abrasive material to remove the paint. If there is any rust, you can get rid of it by using any commercial rust remover.

3. Clean the fixtures

You can use an all-purpose cleaner to make sure your fixture is clean before you paint it.

Dirt, grime, old paint, and anything else on the light fixture will get between the fixture and your new paint. Your new paint will stick to that instead of the fixture. This will lead to the paint cracking, peeling, and coming off more quickly. Then you will have to do this whole process all over again.

4. Use a rust-inhibiting primer

A rust-inhibiting primer will keep rust from forming on the fixtures. This will keep them looking better for longer. It’ll also make repainting them in the future less of a hassle.

5. Paint your outdoor light fixtures

Using spray paint is quick, easy, and can leave your light fixtures looking professionally painted. Hold the can about 8 to 12 inches away from the fixture and spray. You’ll want to do this 2 to 3 times so it looks better for longer and the paint stays on. Let each coat dry before doing the next.

Tribble Painting Can Take Care Of Painting Your Outdoor Light Fixtures

Not everyone has the time to paint their outdoor light fixtures. It is a time-consuming, detail-oriented process. This is why people hire Tribble Painting to give their light fixtures a beautiful new look!

Fill out our contact form today so we can start talking about your light fixture painting project.

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