Painting a camera black

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rapick
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Re: Painting a camera black

Bob wrote:

Bob wrote:

I have an old Oly rangefinder. I'd like to paint the chrome parts black. Specifically, I'd like to send the chrome parts to an electrostatic powder coating service.

Yeah - it's gonna be cool! I know!

The thing is, I can't find anyone who has actually done this. Everyone on the Internet says "gotta strip off the chrome - right down to the brass before you paint".

Really? Is this true? Why wouldn't paint, especially powder coatings, stick to sand-blasted matte finished chrome?

Thanks everyone for the comments. There were many questions in the various posts and people had some good points, so I'll try to address them here in one posting:

1. This could be valuable, painting will ruin it's collectability.

It's worth $50. I bought it on ebay because it was not working. Fully functional ones in excellent condition go for $200. If this paint job is a success, then I might tackle a working camera next.

2. Why do this, what's wrong with the original color?

I want to do this for the same reason bikers paint their gas tanks.

So, the camera you plan to paint is a piece of junk?

Then why not simply look at a flea market for another one original All Black?

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