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How would I paint the Silver Olympus 17mm f/2.8

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Jorge Ledesma, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Jorge Ledesma

    Jorge Ledesma Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 27, 2011
    Ok, so I need help. How would I go about painting the silver Oly 17mm lens to a black color. Any tips would be great. I know there is a black one available but I won't buy all over again at a tremendous loss on the silver version so I'd rather do a "DIY" paint job and roll with that.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I'd dismantle the entire outer barrel. Buy some primer and flat black paint. Though it might be easier just to buy the black version. :smile:
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Why not try and find someone who wants to do an even swap?
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  4. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    ^ Assuming I can't talk you out of it:

    I recommend Testors enamel (better known as model spray paint)

    It sprays a thinner coat and adheres to plastic well. You can go for a custom color by mixing some bottles and using a spray-kit. You can also do an off-the-shelf aerosol bottle. With the aerosol I would be patient and make multiple passes since you only get one fixed nozzle.

    Oh yeah, precision masking tape...be thorough.
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  5. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Hey, it is your lens, but you are going to have to disassemble it. You don't what the paint anywhere near what is important like the glass or aperture blades--the vapors can get in the lens barrel. I think if I really cared, I might use a black masking tape or gaffers tape and cover the lens barrel.

    If looks are important, I would buy the black 17mm or a silver body. Or like Amin suggests, try a swap.
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  6. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    Ummm, you REALLY don't want to do that. Besides, it's one of those things where if you have to ask, you definitely aren't qualified. First, who cares what color it is, as long as it gets the job done. Second, if it's a big deal to you, they're so cheap nowadays that you might as well just buy one that's for sale in the forums. Considering the tools that you'd need to buy to disassemble the lens, plus your time, plus the risk, you're going to be losing out big time over just replacing your current version with a black one.
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  7. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    Unless you're painting it "pink" then that changes everything.

    Dooo eeet!
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  8. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Someone is probably in the market or a used silver one and I see black used ones from time to time. All you SHOULD be out is the cost of shipping.
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  9. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    To the OP: I implore you... don't do this. I can already see this ending in tears. And the fact is, almost any paint you can buy over the counter won't hold up to things like weather and bright sun for very long. Trust me on this. Even plastic lens housings are usually molded in their color, not painted. Frankly, I don't think a silver lens looks bad on a black body. A lot of classic SLRs and rangefinders had this color scheme. But if it bothers you that much, spend some time and effort looking for someone who wants to swap or finding a really good deal on a used black version and selling yours for the same price. Good luck.
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  10. DIS Ottawa

    DIS Ottawa Guest

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  11. mclarenf3

    mclarenf3 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 23, 2010
    DIS Ottawa's idea is better, swapping the lens (and even taking a hit on the price) is best.

    If you do end up painting your lens, you have just dropped the value of it to almost nothing. Keep that in mind, no one will want a lens that has been opened up and painted (no matter how well you do it).
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  12. Jorge Ledesma

    Jorge Ledesma Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 27, 2011
    Oh my, so I tell myself, "let me check the question to see if someone chimed in." Wow, thanks for the overwhelming responses, I do appreciate it all your sage advise. I'm staying put and not even going to worry about, it kind off matches the Olympus VF-1 well.

    You know, I just wanted the whole black look thing, yes I know it kind of frivolous and semi shallow but hey, its m4/3 porn at its best lol.

    I might try as Amin and other suggest perhaps someone wants to trade.

    Again, thank you all for prompt responses, they have served me well.
  13. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    If you change your mind and decide to paint it do not use spray paint. Brush paint on with small brushes. Forget about black and go for paisley or rainbow ... something unique.

    Thne go buy a new/used lens.
  14. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    The only thing about my silver 17mm I don't like is the blue thin ring. I might take a black sharpie to it.
  15. wattseee

    wattseee Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    Use a roller.
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  16. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    I wouldn't try to paint that lens or any lens for that matter for all the Tea in China.. sell and re-buy or trade.. :smile:
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