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Can I paint a light bulb?

Last Updated: 2nd May, 2020

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Do not use regular acrylic or oil-based paint on light bulbs. When you turn your light bulb on, regular paint on the hot glass can cause your light bulb to explode. Clean your light bulbs with rubbing alcohol. You'll want a clean, dust free surface for painting, so that the paint adheres to your bulb well.

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Keeping this in view, what paint can I use to paint a light bulb?

Use a brush to paint the bulb with a non water-based glass paint. There are two different types of glass paint. One is a water-based paint, and the other is non-water based. Do not used a water-based paint because it will evaporate off the bulb.

Subsequently, question is, can LED light bulbs be painted? Yes. Just bulbs, never a flood. You can't (really) paint an incandescent as they get too hot. CFL or LED no problem.

Simply so, is it safe to paint a light bulb with acrylic paint?

Glass paint should be used to paint light bulbs. This keeps the paint from evaporating while the light bulb is lit. Oil and acrylic paints are not safe or heat resistant and should not be used for this type of project. They do not stand up to the heat produced by the light bulb and could pose a fire hazard.

What happens if you paint a light bulb?

Do not use regular acrylic or oil-based paint on light bulbs. When you turn your light bulb on, regular paint on the hot glass can cause your light bulb to explode. Clean your light bulbs with rubbing alcohol. You'll want a clean, dust free surface for painting, so that the paint adheres to your bulb well.

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