Painting Cameras Guide 2017

Author: 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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color match

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