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Update Discolored Outlets With Spray Paint

Have a bunch of older plug outlets that are totally functional, but just not the right color for your new decor? Nothing a little spray paint can't fix.
First tape off the area with painters tape to try to cut down on overspray. I used a spray primer made for plastic. Be sparing it is a super thin paint, and will try to run if you use to much. Several short spurts will do the trick.
After that has dried go back, and spray it with a white spray paint. I used a Krylon Fusion that was labeled for use on plastic. I then used a Krylon spray clear coat to protect my painted surface so it wouldn't scrap off with use.
Next remove tape after drying. If there is any overspray touch up your wall paint. Then you have yourself a brand-new looking outlet for not a lot of money. One can of primer, paint, and clear coat will do many, many outlets.

Materials used for this project:

  • Krylon White Gloss Spray Paint (for use on plastic   (Walmart)
  • Krylon Spray Primer for Plastic   (Walmart)
  • Krylon Spray Clear Coat   (Walmart)

To see more: https://gypsygirlrevivals.blogspot.com/2016/07/spray-painted-dated-electrical-outlet.html

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 19, 2016

    Fun idea!

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Jul 20, 2016

    Easier, cheaper, and better than changing them out.

  • Linda Smith Chandler
    Linda Smith Chandler
    on Nov 10, 2016

    These look like 2 different outlets. On one the wall is yellow and the screw is flat. on the other the wall is green and the screw is rounded. Why go to all the trouble of taping when you can remove the cover, spray it and paint plug with brush. Better yet, just buy a white cover and outlet. She had to remove the cover to get the tape behind it.

    • Gypsy Girl Revivals
      Gypsy Girl Revivals Ruston, LA
      on Nov 16, 2016

      I used the same camera, the same lighting and the same outlet. I used my iPhone to get the picture. Not sure why they look so very different. As for why I did it with spray paint...I simply didn't have the brush kind. If I had it to do again I would have removed the plate to spray it.

  • Stella Love
    Stella Love Spokane, WA
    on Dec 22, 2016

    DO NOT paint the outlet itself if you plan on selling! It is against code and you will have to either change them all or give credit back to the new owners to change them. Been there, done that.

  • Gladys Benitez
    Gladys Benitez San Antonio, TX
    on Feb 9, 2017

    Wow....this bit of info is good to know, Ms. Spokane, WA!!! Thanks!

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