Making Custom Spitfire / Raf Sunglasses




About: Hi there, my name is Jos and I make

Do you want to customize your sunglasses, but you're not sure how?

In this instructable I'll give you a step by step guide on how to do it.

If you want a more 'visual' explanation, you can watch my video here.

Step 1: Find Inspiration

If you are going to paint something, it's quite handy to know what you want to paint on your subject. You can find inspiration almost anywhere. I advise you to take a look in books or on the internet. You can look at paintjobs on racecars or grafitti, the possibilities are endless.

I used to build scale models, mostly World War 2 planes. I learned alot about camouflage and there's one particular camouflage scheme I always liked; The RAF day scheme with invasion stripes. These invasion stripes are black and white vertical stripes which were put on allied aircraft during and shortly after the D-Day landings to prevent friendly fire. I think that these stripes really set this scheme apart from other plane paintjobs.

Step 2: Get Your Sunglasses

If your planning on doing this, it might by a good idea to use cheap sunglasses. You can also use cheap sunglasses first and if you like the end result, you can try painting more expensive sunglasses.

I got my sunglasses from a marketplace for a low price.

Step 3: Sanding

You will need to sand your glases so the paint can adhere to the surface better. I used a 240 grit sandpaper, but you should be fine using any sandpaper around 200 grit. Make sure you sand everything.

Note: I popped out the lenses on my glasses so I wouldn't damage them. If you can't pop yours out, you can mask them off using ordinary masking tape.

Step 4: Painting!

This is where the fun begins. You can paint your sunglasses any way you want to. For my glasses I used acrylic paints and a paintbrush, but you can also use spraypaint or an airbrush. I recommmend using a primer as your first layer so the other paint will stick better. Some paintjobs will require masking. Make sure you put down the masking tape firmly and don't thin your paint too much, because otherwise it might run underneath the masking tape and ruin your paintjob.

Step 5: Protecting / Sealing

After hours or maybe even days of painting the last thing you would want is to accidentally rub off your paint. To prevent that from happenning you should apply some kind of clear coat or varnish. You can buy clear coat paint in a spraycan, but I used professional varnish for paintings.

Step 6: Enjoy and Wear Your New and Custom Glasses!

You are done! Now you have your own one-of-a-kind sunglasses. Just wait for the sun to come out and wear them!



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    4 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Extremely creative idea! The possibilities are limitless!


    2 years ago

    Love it! I might try it myself


    2 years ago

    Very clever, a simple touch really makes this special!