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To give a custom look to something and give it a little "cool factor", consider a "murdered" finish. That doesn't mean killing anything, you are just giving a coat of black paint to components that were originally anther colour, or perhaps unfinished. Typically, the goal when murdering something, is to make it as black as possible.

This practice is popular in the motorcycle and automotive customizing industry, but as you can see, the process can be adapted to any number of things you own that don't look cool enough as is.

Items needed: painter's tape, black primer/paint, and a paint area with good air ventilation, painting area, paint remover and paper towel.

Step 1: Choose Your Item, Prep the Paintable Area

I recently invested in a few of these tools to control a little pest situation in my kitchen. It was the top-of-the-line unit available at the store, I got one for each of us in the family. To help us remember which one belongs to whom, I have chosen to customize mine with a "murdered" look.

First off, you need to prepare the surface that will be receiving paint. In this case, I will be spraying the handle only.

It is proper to scuff the surface if it is shiny, to give the paint something to hang on to. Then you want to clean it and make sure it is dry and degreased.

Step 2: Masking

In the event you aren't able to disassemble or remove the pieces you want to paint, you will need to mask the other components to save them from overspray. I realize the other piece is also black, which is important when producing an all-black effect. Overspray can look messy, so you might as well prevent what you can.

Step 3: Spray Your Piece(s)

Once you are ready to spray, make sure you are spraying in an open area so you aren't breathing a bunch of paint and fumes into your lungs. It is also important to spray in an area that is protected from overspray, or where you don't mind if you get a little paint sprayed on.

I used a primer/paint combo, but you could spray the primer first and paint as the 2nd coat if you prefer. Try to do light coverage with your spray, it cures better. use a sweeping motion and spray past the end of your piece to keep the paint even.

Watch to make sure you get all the little nooks and crevices.

Step 4: Let Dry

it is important to let your piece dry for the amount of time the paint container recommends. I know it is super-tempting to use your newly murdered gear, and show it off to your friends, but they will just notice the paint wearing off all over your hands or whatever.

Good to have some cleanup materials on hand for when you are done and the spray can has leaked onto your fingers, or maybe you just got extra paint on them when you were peeling the masking tape off.

<p>Fun tutorial. Thanks for sharing.</p>

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