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How do you paint a red lamp shade with white to make it pink?

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Painting a red lamp shade pink by using white paint alone can prove difficult depending on the shade of red. It may be best to spray paint the shade white, and then buy or create a pink paint. Then, paint over the white to get a solid, clean color.

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Remove the shade from the lamp and cover the inner wires with painter's tape. According to the DIY Network, the spray paint canister should be held 10 to 12 inches away from the surface of the shade. Always wear a protective mask to prevent the inhalation of fumes. Begin to spray keeping the can moving to ensure an even coat. Let the white paint dry for a few hours or a full day.

Once the white shade is dry, use either red and white paint together, mixed to the shade of desired pink, or purchase a can of pink spray paint. Using either the spray paint or a foam brush, paint over the white, making sure not to leave any drips or runs. Apply paint in coats as desired to achieve the perfect color. It's advisable to let the shade dry in between coats to prevent smudges or runs in the paint.

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