Intro: Making Your Ugly Headphones Nicer
I got this pair of awesome headphones. Well, they were awesome sounding, but they looked awful. Who wear orange and white? I felt like an idiot. I wear a lot of dark colors and hate white plastic...plus they had the brand name plastered all over them, and the company logo which I didn't like. I hate wearing or using things that have logos and crap all over them- I prefer to wear my own brands and logos that I created..because I am not someone'e free billboard.
They are good headphones. So it's a decent company. But I hate being a billboard for anyone.
so I decided to paint them.
These headphones only came in three color schemes, all equally horrid. orange/white, pink/cream, and black/crappy gold-like color.
I like dull black by itself. I like simple things. So here's how I changed them.
Step 1: Getting Ready
good spray paint
clear matte finish spray paint
tape (I had no masking tape so I used packing tape.)
sunshine to dry it in
headphones that are a bad color
an exacto if you want to get fussy about taping off knobs and stuff
Step 2: Painting Prep
make sure the headphones' top sliders are pulled out/extended for the painting, otherwise you will have areas of the old bad color showing if you extend them. Put them on and find the comfy extension and leave it open that far when you paint.
Tape off all the soft parts of the headphones and any foam. You don't want to paint the part that will be touching your ear. Luckily my foamy parts were a pleasing dark grey.
If you want to you could just take off the soft part/foamy things and tape off the speaker area instead. I taped off the foam because I didn't want any white peeking out anywhere inadvertently, and this way I could tell what was covered by them and what wasn't. So it whichever way is easier with your headphones.
Also if you have any knobs or switches (like on my "subwoofer" thing) that you tape those over as well. You don't want to impair the function of the headphones by sticking things ogether with paint.
Also tape off the connector/jack metal part. I forgot to do this and had to go back and wipe it off with solvent to get the paint off it so they'd work properly.
Step 3: Actually Painting
go outside. put on a ventilator (or, like I did, a burqha or bandana)
Lay the headphones on a surface that you don't mind messing up with spray paint. I used mtn black matte and olive green for my paints. These are easier to work with because they are slow-flow. You can use any kind of spray paint (unless there is metal on the headphones that you're painting, in which case use metal-adhering paint for sure)
Make sure that the cord isn't touching itself, blocking itself, crossing itself. Then lay it out into a tight spiral (as tight as you can) this makes it so you can paint one side, without wasting too much paint, then flip and do the other side.
Paint your headphones.
Make sure you get the inside of the swivel areas and the top and sides of the headpiece too.
Let it dry, then flip the whole thing over and hit the other side.
I did a thick coat of black and let it drip a little. Then I did a thin uneven coat of the olive green to make the black look old.
Once all the paint is dry, spray on a layer of matte protectant clearcoat. The matte is a tiny bit more elastic and a tiny bit less likely to flake. It will keep the paint sticking to the plastic., for longer, too.
Step 4: Finishing
clean off any mistakes with solvent/paint remover on a paper towel or bit of rag.
color in any tiny areas you missed with sharpie, and hit with a tiny bit of the clearcoat. (that way the sharpies won't wear off on you)
apply cool stickers of your own to cover up the brand name that shows through because it's textured. (damn you brands)
Enjoy your new, less-gaudy, no longer ugly as hell headphones.