How to Paint an Oakley Sunglass Frame

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How to Paint an Oakley Sunglass Frame
Oakley sunglasses are known for their long, narrow lenses. (sunglasses image by Bosko Martinovic from Fotolia.com)

Sometimes sunglasses can become worn or chipped and lose their original shiny finish. Oakley sunglasses are a popular brand worn by many. When Oakley sunglasses become faded and worn, or simply outdated and need a new colour, it is possible to revive them with paint. Painting plastics and shiny surfaces can be tricky and requires certain steps to ensure a smooth and resilient finish.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Mild detergent
  • Cloth
  • Painters tape
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Plastic primer
  • Solvent
  • Plastic enamel
  • Medium-sized paintbrush
  • Clear coat

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean any debris and oils off the sunglasses. Use a mild detergent and cloth, rubbing gently and rinsing thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Protect the lenses of the sunglasses by covering them with painters tape. Oakleys have very wide lenses, so ensure that every inch is covered and protected sufficiently.

  3. 3

    Place a piece of fine grit sandpaper into water. Use the sandpaper to lightly wet sand the frame of the glasses. This ensures the plastic primer will adhere properly.

  4. 4

    Remove any debris using a tack cloth. This is very important, as any particles left on the frames will create a bumpy finish.

  5. 5

    Prime the sunglasses using a plastic primer. Plastic primer comes in a spray-paint form. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the distance the can should be held from the sunglasses. Allow to dry. If there are any imperfections in the finish, wet sand again and apply another coat of plastic primer.

  6. 6

    Dilute the plastic enamel of your choice with a solvent. This will help the paint to go on smoothly and will slow drying time. This creates a thinner coat of paint that cures evenly and brushes on smoothly without brush marks.

  7. 7

    Apply the enamel using a medium-sized paint brush. More than one coat might be needed. Drying time will vary depending on the number of coats.

  8. 8

    Use a spray-on clear coat to seal the paint and ensure a durable finish. Allow to dry according to manufacturer's specifications

  9. 9

    Remove tape from the lenses.

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