Painting the lamp: This is how it works

You are bored of your metal lamp? Then give it a new coat of paint! We explain how you can easily paint your lamp and what you have to pay special attention to.

Which varnish is suitable for a lamp?

Simple decorative paint is not suitable for painting a lampshade. The paint must be heat-resistant in any case. Radiator paint is therefore particularly suitable. The best thing to do is to ask at the hardware store which heat-resistant paint is available.

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Step-by-step instructions for painting a lamp

  • brush
  • Possibly. screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Rag
  • Heating paint
  • Newsprint
  • Soap
  • Possibly. Masking tape

1. Disassemble the lamp into individual parts

To prevent other parts of the lamp, such as the cable or the light bulb, from getting paint, you should dismantle the lamp as much as possible into its individual parts.

So first unscrew the lightbulb and then see if it is possible to unscrew the thread and thus separate the lampshade from the lamp holder and cable. If this is not possible, it is advisable to mask these parts with some masking tape.

2. Clean the lamp

In order for the paint to hold well, it is important that the lamp is free of grease, dirt and dust. Therefore, you should clean them thoroughly with a rag and a little soapy water. Then let them dry well.
Before you start painting the lampshade, you should cover the surface with a large area of newspaper so that it cannot be soiled.

3. Paint the lamp

Now it's time to get to work: Make sure that you don't use too much varnish on your brush so that the varnish does not melt and create ugly noses. Paint the lamp as evenly as possible and in one go. If you paint from dark to light, two coats can be useful to get a better color result.

4th. Let the lamp dry

Let the lamp dry in a well-ventilated place. Paint takes a long time to harden. You can do the pressure test on a little visible spot to see whether the paint has dried so far that you can put the lamp back in its place or remove it. can hang. It should dry out for about two weeks before it is used.

Tips & Tricks Alternatively, you can also use a spray can for painting. Here, however, it is important to ensure that there is sufficient distance between the lamp and the spray can so that too much paint is not sprayed on and it runs. In this case, you should also work outdoors so that the paint particles flying around do not stick to your furniture.