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Custom painted goggle frames... help.

post #1 of 14
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I have a pair of Oakley Wisdom goggles which I bought only because buying the whole goggle was cheaper than purchasing the replacement lens... and the stock frame color happens to be hideous.

So, I decided I'm going to do a custom paint job on them - I figure this shouldn't be too hard, but I have a question:

What sort of paint do the manufacturers use? I know it's some kind of flexible acrylic, but any ideas?

Also, any design ideas/suggestions? I'll consider anything, reasonable or not.
post #2 of 14
For small plastic parts, I'd try model paints.
post #3 of 14
Automotive interior paint/dye....best stuff ive ever used on plastic, is actually melts into the surface...that is, the solvent in the paint, slightly melts the plastic, sothe paint and piece becomes one, does not chip or scrape off.

Krylon Fusion, I've used it on a few times that have been subjected to use under water for years, holding strong. But dont know if its flexible.
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Automotive interior paint/dye....best stuff ive ever used on plastic, is actually melts into the surface...that is, the solvent in the paint, slightly melts the plastic, sothe paint and piece becomes one, does not chip or scrape off.

Krylon Fusion, I've used it on a few times that have been subjected to use under water for years, holding strong. But dont know if its flexible.
Hey Rich..you have a link to the automotive paint you mention?

I used Fusion on my PE's, and it's certainly not holding up well (as I expected). I might repaint them next summer...just all black or something...don't really care. But something a bit more durable would be nice if not too much $$
post #5 of 14
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Hmm, melting the plastic... that could get interesting, but if it won't scratch or chip, hey, why not. I'll check out the options with model paints as well...

I'm going to be especially curious to find out what the paint/plastic looks like once I start sanding...
post #6 of 14

Get advice from an expert!

Before you invest in paint..actually paint and potentially ruin yer nice (albeit ugly) goggles. Go to a hobby shop and ask them what you should use also maybe consult the local body and fender guy they know about what paints take to what surfaces. Then again this all may be too much effort and you could just let 'er rip see what happens and if it looks awful you can just tell people you wanted your gogs to look mean.
post #7 of 14
I guarantee your goggles will look worse than they do now after you try to change the color of the frame. You will be lucky not to destroy them. "Dye solvent melts the plastic, sounds interesting." I hope you aren't serious.
post #8 of 14
What color are they? I think you'll get some better suggestions if we know that.
post #9 of 14
Painting goggle frames?

I guess this site is going gay.
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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
I used Fusion on my PE's, and it's certainly not holding up well (as I expected). I might repaint them next summer...just all black or something...don't really care. But something a bit more durable would be nice if not too much $$
billy, this is the stuff I used on my PEs and all the others I've painted. It's held up surprisingly well.

It may or may not be a good solution for the OP
post #12 of 14
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Hey Rich..you have a link to the automotive paint you mention?

I used Fusion on my PE's, and it's certainly not holding up well (as I expected). I might repaint them next summer...just all black or something...don't really care. But something a bit more durable would be nice if not too much $$
The ones I have used have been color matched for the vehicle I was restoring, in this case the paint was directly from Mopar with a Mopar brand label. But you should be able to go to any auto parts store and buy interior dye/paint. The only thing is they are all eggshell or semigloss, no high gloss. BTW they do not harm the surface texture, I used it when replacing some interior panels and the grain was unaffected as per its design and formulation.

You know they now sell plastic bumper spray paint with flex additive already mixed in, however I do not know if enough additive is in it to work with the very soft plastic/rubber used on goggles. The good thing is that you'll be able to buy a million different colors and they will be glossy.

Model paint cracks.
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Automotive interior paint/dye....best stuff ive ever used on plastic, is actually melts into the surface...that is, the solvent in the paint, slightly melts the plastic, sothe paint and piece becomes one, does not chip or scrape off.

Krylon Fusion, I've used it on a few times that have been subjected to use under water for years, holding strong. But dont know if its flexible.

Ditto on both. They make a vinyl paint for marine applications that might work. I know it works well on flexible plastics like boat seats and gunwhale pads.
post #14 of 14
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I guarantee your goggles will look worse than they do now after you try to change the color of the frame. You will be lucky not to destroy them. "Dye solvent melts the plastic, sounds interesting." I hope you aren't serious.
I don't particularly care if I demolish the goggle frame - All I wanted was the lens, so anything reasonable that comes out of this experiment is a pure bonus.

Plus, I will not be caught dead in them as they are - the color is the most revolting shade of barbie pink you've ever seen. Seriously, it's criminal.
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