Asked on Aug 31, 2014

Heat resistant paint for a lamp shade?

Natty Bee
by Natty Bee
I would like to darken this plastic shade of this lamp. It gives off quite a bright light. I can't change the shade because it is a lightweight lamp and the shade just snaps on. So a glass shade won't work with it. The shade also gets pretty warm to the touch. I am wondering if there is some type of paint made specifically for hot surfaces like this lamp shade.
heat resistant paint for a lamp shade, The aluminum foil inside shields the bright light However it is not very attractive
The aluminum foil inside shields the bright light. However, it is not very attractive.
  7 answers
  • Jill Valeri Jill Valeri on Sep 02, 2014
    It might be easier to experiment with lower wattage light bulbs or colored light bulbs.

  • Jac Jac on Sep 02, 2014
    There is spray paint specifically for high temp items - grills, stoves, fireplace surrounds to name a few. I've used it in matte black many times but I don't know about other colors. Hope this helps.

  • If this is getting hot then I would be looking at a cooler bulb like a LED. Many of these lights were deemed fire hazards if they had halogen bulbs in them. some lamps only take 60W and below too. I personally would not have a lamp or electrical appliance that gets hot-I have been through a house fire 17 years ago so I have a fear of all things hot and electrical. good luck

  • Xie Xie on Dec 25, 2014
    Switch to LED bulb. You won't have any heat plus a lower electric bill. I've systemically changed almost every bulb and my bill is seriously lower. Well worth the upfront cost.

  • Natty Bee Natty Bee on Dec 27, 2014
    Thanks all for your helpful advice. The LED bulb works well. It gives off very little heat. I also tried the special spray paint for plastic. I only sprayed the outside and the LED bulb doesn't cause problems with the paint.

  • Barb Barb on Sep 25, 2015
    I think I would put heat resistant paint on the inside. It gives off a nice glow and you could keep the pretty outside.

  • Fran Fran on Feb 14, 2016
    Since there's no place for a question I am putting it in your answer area. I'm in the process of doing the same lamp and shade and was wondering what could be done to liven-up the plastic shade. What was the outcome of your shade? Thanks.