How to Paint Ceiling Downlights

Downlights are a type of recessed lighting installed within holes in the ceiling. Often, there is a frame around these lights, which is left exposed. Painting this frame allows the downlights to blend better with the ceiling. Unfortunately, because downlights are metal, they reject paint.

A quality metal-etching primer guarantees lasting coverage. The proper application method ensures a professional finish, free from noticeable brush marks.

Turn off the downlights in the room. Access the downlights using a stepladder.

Wash metallic portions of the downlights using a sponge soaked in degreasing soap and water. Harsh cleansers may contain chemicals that could affect adhesion.

Rinse the downlights with rags damped with water. Allow the downlights to air-dry, or use towels to dry them.

Shield the light bulb and adjacent ceiling from overspray by carefully applying masking paper to these areas, using painter's tape.

Wear a dust mask and goggles to protect your face from wafting spray-paint particles.

Condition the ceiling downlights with galvanised metal-etching spray primer. Apply in a side-to-side motion. Maintain 8 inches between the downlight and the spray nozzle. Allow the downlights to dry for three hours.

Paint the ceiling downlights as you primed them. Use a flat latex spray paint or spray enamel.