painting electrical outlets & switch plates

Old 07-07-00, 06:05 AM
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Can you paint outlets & switch plates the same paint that has been used on the walls?
Old 07-07-00, 08:32 AM
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Yes, and it's best to remove plates so that you don't get paint in the outlets, etc. Good Luck!
Old 07-07-00, 09:19 AM
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I have never painted outlet or switch plates but heres how I would do it. Sand the covers lightly to remove the glossy finish, then prime with a good primer such as Ben. Moore Fresh Start. Allow primer to dry and then topcoat with your final color. In my opinion, the priming is necessary to provive a good bond to the plate so the final paint will not peel.
Old 08-09-00, 06:45 AM
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My husband and I have done it to our outlets and switch plates. It is rather simple to do! When painting the plates, lay them flat on some newspaper or cardboard, in a well ventilated area. We use a high gloss spray paint in the color of our choice. Allow to dry completely. Do the same for the plate screws but place them upright in the cardboard. As for the outlets themselves, either you may like the contrast or "if you know what you are doing electrically"...while the power needs to be turned off to that outlet, remove the outlet and place cardboard in the outlet slots. Use the same paint as for the covers and allow to dry completely! Good luck!

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