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    Spraypainting Wires Safe?

    I have plenty of wire laying around the house, but the insulation is all black. I'm going to use it for my power, accessory and ground when hooking up my M2, but I wanted to distinguish these wires and was wondering if spraypainting would be fine.

    Obviously, I wanna spray one wire red for power and the accessory wire something else. Nothing bad will happen right? Meaning, the paint won't smear off and get on other wires or even on my carpet?

    Thanks.

    -Matt

    P.S. I just wanna do this to keep everything organized should any problems come up later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt11601
    I have plenty of wire laying around the house, but it's all black. I'm going to use it for my power, accessory and ground when hooking up my M2, but I wanted to distinguish these wires and was wondering if spraypainting would be fine.

    Obviously, I wanna spray one wire red for power and the accessory wire something else. Nothing bad will happen right? Meaning, the paint won't smear off and get on other wires or even on my carpet?

    Thanks.

    -Matt

    P.S. I just wanna do this to keep everything organized should any problems come up later.
    Nope. It will crack, flake and chip after it's dry however.
    I'd just use it the color it is if I were you and use a small taped label on either end. Do it right and it will look kinda cool too, as that is how aircraft wiring is labeled (wire is stamped with letters also).

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    BJ

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    Ahhhh I see. Thanks for the response.

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    Painting should not be idea #1. Try to label the wires first. If you do have to paint them look at Krylon Fusion paint. If you use other kinds of paint it will take long periods of time to cure. It will be tacky (not look bad but sticky).

    Perhaps you can try a few wires on the side to see how you like the look and feel of it painted. Again I suggest Krylon Fusion because you can find it in so many colours and it has worked well in the past for me. It does not chip flake and the like when cured.

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    dude,

    just buy a pack of multi-colored electrical tape for $3.

    make a colored ring every foot along the wire so you know which wire it is.

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    Multi coloured heatshrink tubing work nicely.

    Painting it can damage the cable, the paint may react/crumble/soften the insulation in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freelander
    dude,

    just buy a pack of multi-colored electrical tape for $3.

    make a colored ring every foot along the wire so you know which wire it is.



    the right way to do it is with electrical tape. Personally, I would just tape one end up (about a foot in all the way to the end) and do that to the other end. Don't paint them.
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    You may be able to use a latex based paint if you are concerned about coloring the length of it.

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    by the time you buy special paint, you might as well buy new wires.
    to answer your question, it's safe. go ahead, and post pictures.

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