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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-10-2018, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Painting DIY Lighting

If I use wood to attach LED lights and I want to paint the wood black, what product should I use - would regular black spray paint pose any danger? Should I use black Plasti-Dip? Is wood just a bad idea in general for my light fixture? Thanks.
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I use wood for canopies and often that also means adding lights on the wood. For covering plain wood and sealing it against the water which may be spilled, I like to get a bit thicker coat than I can get with spray paint. So my favorite is oil based Rustoleum, brushed on. Once totally dried, so that there are no fumes, either spray or brushed will do the job. My main reason is to get a thicker coat as the canopies do tend to get bumped around and thicker shows the nicks less. User choice there?
But a bigger item might be the heat. Depend on how the light is built but if you are using the metal as both a heat sink and as a mount, it can get pretty hot with LED. Look a bit at how much heat and hw far away from wood it may need to be. Using a horizontal LED bulb in a standard bulb holder placed directly on wood did give me a pretty good black area. Not enough to actually burn but more than I might have liked. A spacer of something that doesn't burn may be a good idea but depends on how hot.
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You can buy specific wood sealer, and then paint above that.

What I have done in the past is use an aniline dye and then apply a liberal amount of clear coat. I like using a black dye, but they come in every colour, and you simply make up a mix, brush on desired coats, and wait. Then seal with clear and you should be good. I agree with using spacers.

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