How to paint sunglasses

Updated April 17, 2017

Brightly coloured sunglasses are fun for the beach or the city, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the exact style of sunglasses you'd like in the colour you want. One way to get around that problem is to customise your shades to the colour of your liking. Transforming a pair of cheap black wayfarers into an eye-catching neon colour is simple and a sure way to stand out.

Lay down newspaper, preferably in an outdoor area that's not too windy like a garage, patio or fire escape.

Snap the lenses out of your sunglasses. Do this carefully if the plastic is not very flexible. Wrap your entire hand around the frame to prevent snapping the lens into pieces.

Remove the screws from the hinges of your sunglasses by unscrewing them with your glasses screwdriver. Set them aside in a place where you won't lose them.

Lay out the three pieces of your shades (frame and two arms) on the newspaper. Tie the bandanna around your face to cover your nose and mouth. Shake your spray paint can for a few seconds. Spray the sunglasses pieces from around 10 inches away until they are coated. Do not hold the spray on them so long that the paint begins to run. Let dry for several hours.

Turn the pieces over once they are dry and spray the other sides. Allow to dry for several hours.

Reassemble the sunglasses by inserting the lenses carefully and screwing the arms back onto the frame using the glasses screwdriver and tiny screws.


Krylon Fusion Plastic Paint is formulated to bond with plastic and chip less.


Metal sunglasses do not usually work well with paint because they chip more easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Glasses screwdriver
  • Bandanna
  • Spray paint
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Erin Griffith has covered finance, private equity and mergers and acquisitions since 2005. She has served as a senior reporter for peHUB, a Reuters subsidiary, associate editor for "Buyouts" magazine and reporter for Mergermarket, dealReporter and, a Financial Times Group subsidiary. Griffith has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a certificate in women's studies from Ohio University.