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31 Dec

How to Paint Plugs and Light Switches

Homeowners paint plugs and light switches for various reasons. Some want to match the colour of the plugs and switches to that of their home interior colour. Others do it for the sole reason of making them appear beautiful or standing out on the wall. Whatever reason it is you have that gives you the urge want to paint your plugs and light switches, using the right method is important. You should know exactly what to do at every stage to avoid making mistakes that you aren’t able to recover from. The process is very straightforward and involves the following steps:

Step 1: assembling materials and tools

For the project of painting plugs and light switches, you’ll need a primer (Etch Primer for Plastic), paint of your choice and at least a 240-grit sandpaper. When choosing the paint, it’s recommended that you go for a water-based eggshell paint. However, ensure that the paint is suited for painting plastic surfaces.

Step 2: remove and clean the plugs and switches

At this stage, you should begin by removing the plug and switch covers from your wall. Ensure your safety first by turning off the electricity before you begin the process. Once you’ve removed the plug switch covers, ensure you clean them thoroughly. In this process, all the dust and dirt that may be on the materials should be cleaned. Finally, make sure you’ve dried them fully before you proceed to the second step.

Step 3: prime the materials

Once the materials have been cleaned thoroughly and dried up, the next step to go to is priming. It’s important to note that whenever plastic is painted; priming it is the most vital step. This is because priming ensures there’s a good key between the paint and the smooth plastic to be painted. This is the reason why it’s good to use an etch primer for coating your plugs and switches before beginning to paint. This is also because the finish needs to be durable. To do this, have the covers sprayed with a light spray of primer. Then wait for it to completely dry up. After the first coat has dried, give them a second one.

We would advise that whilst priming the surface of the light switch to ensure you do it in an area that you don’t mind excess paint or primer to also cover (something like a garage or workstation). If you don’t have an area like this then we would advise using something such as Totebox euro containers, as this will help contain any spray over left from painting.

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Step 4: paint the covers

Once the primer has dried up completely, you can start to paint the plug and switch covers at last. As is always the case, it’s better to use lots of thin paint coats than if one thick one was to be used. It’s also more durable. For instance, you can give them three coats of paint to achieve these goals. When done with one coat, let it dry thoroughly. Then, you should sand the cover lightly with fine sandpaper before you apply the next paint coat.

Step 5: let the covers dry

Though it’s obvious that any painting job should be left to dry completely before you can reattach them to the wall, in the case of plugs and switches, it’s even more important. This takes a very long time for paints to dry and cure fully. Before the duration elapses, your finish will still be slightly delicate.

These steps will help you to successfully paint your plugs and light switches with whatever colour you want. Your switches and plugs will be able to stay presentable and aesthetically pleasing.

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