Painting Cameras Guide 2017

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 31, 2017

Finding cameras that are not plain white, black or silver can be a tough task.  Unfortunately, color selection is a problem for many who want their cameras to blend in and improve overall aesthetics. 

In this note we examine both the risks of painting cameras, which can be significant, and the options you have for doing so including powdercoating, wraps and custom colors.

[Note: This post has been updated with new details since originally published in 2012.]

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****** *** ***** ***** with *** ************ ****** painting * ******, ****** it ***** *** ********. While ******** ************ ****** on **** ******, **** manufacturers ******* ******** ** cameras. ***** ******** *******:

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  • ******** **** *********** ********** probability ** ******* (*.*., painting * ***** ****** black *** **** ******** it ** *** *** sun).
  • ********* **** ****** *** returns / ************ ** painted *******

******** **** *** ************ first ** ********** ***** specific ******, **********, *** recommendations ****** ******** ** a *** ****. **** will ** ******** **** others *** **** *** have ******* ** ** so ******* ******* *** warranty.

Warranty ************

** ******* ** ************ specific ********** **** ******** housing ** ***** ** maintain ********, *********' ******** **********. ***** *** *** requirements:

  • *** **** ***** **** the ******* **** ****** and ****** ****** **** be ***** *** ******* at *** *****.
  • **** ******** **** *** apply ** *** ******, at ****' **** **********, is ************ ** *** disassembly ***/** ********** ** the ******* ** *** repainting ******.
  • *** ********* ** ********** will *** ** ********* by **** ********* *******.

** *******, **** ************ supports ********** ** **** as ******** ********** *** met, *** ****** ** not ******* ** ************ because ** ********, *** if *** ******* *********** Axis *** **** ******** agreements ** **** **** paint ** *** ***** of ********.

**** **** ***** ************* may ******** **** *** camera's ******** ** *******, such ************ ** *******, ***** ****** ************* may ***** ** * case-by-case ***** ** ******* warranties *** ** ******* base ******.

Painting ** *****

** *** **** * non '********' ***** *** cannot *** ** **** the ************, ***** *** three ****** *******:

  • ********:*** ******* ****** *** most ********** ** ******** paint **********. ********* *** available **** **** ****** ******, and **** ******* *** be ******** ** *** field. ******** ******** *** often ** **** *** under $**.
  • ******-*******:**** **** ******* ** complex ******** **** ***** are ********, ***************** ******* polyester ******, ** '*************' ** * **** option. *******, ** **** can ** ******* ** metal ********, ******** ******* equipment, *** ** **** expensive **** *****.
  • *****:**** ****** ******** ******** a ***** ** ******* to ********. *******, ********* these ***** *** ** costly *** ********* *** not ** ****** *********. The ********* **** ** wrapping * ******* ** less **** *************, *** may ******* ******* *********** tools *** **** ****** application **** **** *****.

Factory ****** ***** ********

**** ************* ***** ******** or ******** **** *** customized ** *** *******. In ******* ***** ** additional **** **** *** cost ** **** **** done, *** ** **** cases *** ******** ******* warranty ** ***** *** factory ******** ********. *** companies **** ***** ******** services - *********************** ******* - ********* handle **** ******* ****** sales ********.

Wraps & *****

**** ************ *** **** removable ***** (**** ***** phone ******) **** *** be ****** ** *** swapped ***. *** ********,**** *** **** ********* **** *** **** available *** ******** ****** and **** ** ***** or *****, *** *** be ******* ****** **** a ****** ****** *** other ****** ******.

** **** *****, *** same ******* ********* **** provide ******* ***** *** do ******* ***** **** cameras.  *** ********** ***** of ***** *** *** costs ******** *** ******** in *** **** ** ********** ***** ****.

Paint ** ********

******** * ****** ***** finish ** * ****** housing ** *** *********, nor **** ** ******* a ***** ****** ** skill. ***** **** ********* is *********, **** ******* are ******* ** **** places *** ******** ** finished ***** **** *** focus ** **** ************, drip *****, ** ***** cosmetic ***** *** ** issue *** ***** ************. However, ****** *** ***** choice ** ***** *********, and ***** ****** ******* prep ** ********. ** cover ***** ***** ** detail *****:

Identify ******* ********

****** **** ** *** material ** *** ******* is *** *****, ******** step ******* ** ******* the **** ** ******** that *** ** *******. Knowing ** *** **** material ** ******* ** aluminum *** ***** ** determined ** ******** *** manufacturer's **** *****, ** in *** ***** ******* below [**** ** ****** available]:

 

** ***** *****, *** may **** ** ***** to ********* ******* ********. Some ***** ** *****:

  • Vandal *******: In many, but not all cases, vandal dome and housings will be constructed of aluminum rather than plastic. Most basic indoor housings, especially economy models, are made of plastic to lower cost but higher end vandal models will be constructed of aluminum for enhanced durability.
  • *********: ******* ******** *** often ******* **** ***** metallic ************. ******** *** wall ********* **** ***** indicate ***** ********. ** the ******* *** ** slightly ********, *** **** snap **** ***** **** pressure ** ** **** of *******.

**** *** ************

****** *********** ** *****, any ***** ******* ** lenses *** ** *********** 'fogged **' ** *********** solvents. *** ******** ***** like **** ****** ** removed ** ********* ****** before ******** ****, *** the ******* ******* ****** be **** ** ***** dry & ****** **** if **** ****** ** be *** ** *** touch. ******* *** ****** can *** ************ ******* and ****** ** ** solvents *** *** ***** evaporated *****.

****, *** ******* ****** should ** ***** **** with ******* ** ****** fingerprints, ****, *** *** dirt. ** ******** ** aluminum *******, *** ******* should ** ******* ****** additional ***** ** ******* - **** *** ******* sandblasting ** ***** *******. After *** ******* ** masked *** *******, *** actual *********** ** ****** and ***** *** *****.

Applying *** *****

******** ** *** **** common ******, *** **** a *** ***** ************** produce * ****** **** can **** **** *****. In *** ******* *****, we ******* ***** ****** and **** ***** ********** should **** ** ******* a ***** ******:

******

**********, *** ****** **** is **** ********* *** the ***** ****. *** primer **** * ******* layer **** ******** ******** and ***** ***** **** when ******* ** *** elements. ** *** ****** coat ***'* *****, **** the ******* (***** *****) may **** **** *** a *** ******, *** will *****, *****, *** chip ***** ** ******** and *********** *******.**** ******** **** *******, the ****** ********* ***** to ** ******** ********* than ******** ********.

** *******, ******* ******** should ** ******* **** an ***** (*** *****) primer *****. **** *** topcoat *** ** * general ******* *****, ********** enamel, ** **** * two-part ******** ** *** need ** ** **** 20 *****. ******** ****** will ******/******** ** ************ without ******** *** ***** film.

** *** ******* ** metallic, *** ****** ****** contain **** **** ** oxide ** ******** ******** to ***** **** *** risk ** *********. **** aluminum, ***** ** ***-********* on **'* ***, **** rust ** ** ******** covered ** *****. *******, rusting ** ***** * potential ***** **** ****. Using ******** ****** ******* * layer ** *********** ***** to ******* *** **** not **** *** ********* process **** ****** *****.

*****

******* ** ********* ****** of ***** *** **** suited *** *******. ****** oilbased automotive *******, *****-*** ******, and ***-**** ********* *** good *******. ******* ***** environmental *********** *** ******** resell ** ******* ******** in **** *****. *** image ***** ******* ** example ** * ***** matched ***** ******* *******, even ** * ******* color ****** **** ******:

 color match

*** *******, ** ***** layer, ** ***** *** actual ***** ******** ** important. ************ ***** ********* are ****** ** ********* paint ****** *** **** 'big ***' **** *********** centers. ** **** ** a ************** ****** *** be *******, ***** ******** can ** ****** ** match. ** ******** *** be *********, ****** **** with ********* ******** *** more ********* ** *********, fading, *** ******** ** exterior ************. ** *******, these ***** ** ******** are **** ****** **** 'budget ****' ****** *** may *** ** ******** used.

Servicing ******* *******

** *** **** ** a ******* ****** *** repair, ********* ** *** expect *** ************ ** send *** * *********** in *** **** *****. Instead, *** **** ****** have ** **** ** inventory ** ******* ******* for **** ********** ** use *** ************ ***** painted *********** ** * temporary ******.

Comments (2)

FYI - Hanwha used to be able to fab up cameras in just about any color for a few bucks.  Source: I used to be a Hanwha guy.

A client of mine tried to paint their own cameras, end result was not too good.

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