How to Paint Light Globes

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Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers

  • Glass cleaner

  • Latex gloves

  • 3 soft cloths or rags

  • Dishwashing soap

  • Bucket

  • High-temperature spray paint (designed for exhaust manifolds)


You can also use glass paint, found at craft and home improvement stores, to paint your light globe. Use a medium-size brush, apply one coat of paint, let it dry and apply a second coat of the paint to the globe surface.


Work in a well-ventilated area.

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Light globes, like other items in your home, attract dust, dirt and grime. Instead of replacing or tossing the globe, breathe new life into it by painting it with a high-temperature spray paint.

Step 1

Lay three or four sheets of newspaper onto a table, countertop, workbench or other flat surface.

Step 2

Remove the globe from the light fixture and place it on the newspaper-covered surface.

Step 3

Spray the light globe with glass cleaner, inside and outside. Let the cleaner sit on the globe for five minutes. Wear latex gloves to keep your hands from getting wet.

Step 4

Wipe the light globe with a soft cloth or rag to remove any dust and dirt from the globe. If any caked-on dirt is present on the light globe, mix 1 tbsp. of dishwashing soap and 2 cups of warm water in a bucket. Dip a soft cloth or rag into the bucket. Wring out excess mixture and scrub the inside and outside of the light globe. Scrub the grime with light pressure to break up the dirt until it is clean.

Step 5

Rinse the light globe with warm water from a sink. Dry the globe with a dry, soft cloth or rag.

Step 6

Place the light globe upright on the newspaper-covered surface.

Step 7

Place the can of high temperature spray paint 4 inches from the light globe. Spray the globe evenly with the paint.

Step 8

Let the spray paint dry for 10 minutes and check the paint coverage.

Step 9

Apply a second coat of spray paint, if needed.

Step 10

Let the light globe dry completely before placing it back on the light fixture.

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Nick Davis

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.