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How to Convert White Security Cameras into Black Ones: 4 Methods, Tested

How to Convert White Security Cameras into Black Ones: 4 Methods, Tested

Imagine this:

A white outdoor security camera is installed on a dark brown wall.

Chances are good that it can be easily spotted by invaders and become the next vandalized target.

Fortunately, you can make it less noticeable by painting the security camera black, brown or other colors to fit in the surroundings.

In addition to this solution, we will share with you extra tips to camouflage white IP cameras, and also the professional views on whether painting CCTV cameras will affect their performance or not.

So, let’s get going.

Top 3 Reasons to Paint White Security Cameras Black

Many security cameras for sale nowadays come with a white appearance. However, such white security cameras may stand out and won’t blend in with the existing colors around your home.

So, how about painting your white outdoor IP cameras black? – Actually, converting the white CCTV cameras into black comes with multiple benefits:

#1. Make Outdoor White Security Cameras Less Noticeable to Prevent Vandalism

A survey on security camera vandalism shows that 16% of users have found their security cameras being vandalized very often or to a somewhat extent.

To avoid such a problem, you can adopt some methods, like painting white CCTV cameras black or other camouflage colors, to make them inconspicuous.

#2. Catch Intruders & Irritating Neighbors in the Act

Trash thrown at your yards, driveways taken by others and plants cut by neighbors, such things can be a real headache. After painting white outdoor IP cameras black, you are able to figure out these mysteries with concealed CCTV cameras.

So, next time when you face the same issues, you will be able to catch the intruders, annoying neighbors and even trespassing kids in the act and confront them with the recordings as strong evidence.

#3. Blend Security Cameras into the Existing Colors

In addition, you may also paint security cameras black for aesthetics reason. By adapting the color of security cameras to fit in the surroundings, you are able to make those outdoor IP cameras subtler against your home decoration and their surroundings.

How to Paint Security Cameras Black: Step-by-Step Guide

To paint your white security cameras black, you can simply apply spray and oil-based paint pens on the surface. For example, a Youtuber has converted a black outdoor IP camera into a green one. And it looks good!

Though it sounds easy and practical, you may have to follow the guide and tips below to spray paint the security cameras successfully:

Step1. Prepare Well Before Painting Security Cameras Black

To avoid any bad effects on the night vision or motion sensing of your security cameras after the painting, you’d better seal their lenses, charging ports and audio ports tightly in advance. Removeable tapes will be very helpful to protect the important parts.

Paint Security Cameras Black

Before painting, you also need to clean the surface of the white outdoor CCTV cameras with dry microfiber cloths to get rid of oil, dust and other items that could interfere with adhesion.

Step 2. Apply Multiple Coats with Paint Materials to Paint CCTV Cameras Black

To ensure that the painting materials stay on your security cameras as long as possible, roughen the surface a little bit and clean up the surface again when you begin.

Also, to provide better adhesion and reinforce the performance of the paint materials, you may apply a coat of paint bonding prime with high-quality Nylon or Polyester brushes, small porous rollers or airless sprays on the white outdoor IP cameras and leave it to dry for 30 minutes before painting.

Then you will be ready to paint the white security cameras black. After applying each layer of the sprays, it is best to leave it to dry for 15 minutes before the next coat and alternatively, you can also apply another layer of topcoat to keep colors from fading.

Step 3. Install the Painted Security Cameras Under Shelters or in Places Without Direct Sunshine

If the painted outdoor security cameras are exposed to the sunlight directly, they will absorb extra heat and the colors will fade away very soon.

To avoid such problems, you can install the IP cameras with painted materials under the eaves or soffits.

Step 4. Re-paint the Security Cameras When the Color Fades

Since the spray-painting outdoor security cameras are exposed to the air, sun and rain, their colors will eventually fade. But if you install security cameras under shelters and apply painting sprays properly, the black paint coat will last 12 months or even longer.

When the paint fades, you may follow the procedure, tape everything around the outdoor IP cameras and paint them again.

3 Extra Solutions to Camouflage White Security Cameras

In fact, there are far more solutions to camouflage outdoor white CCTV cameras other than painting them black.

And we have collected some of the most effective ways as listed below for your reference:

Solution 1. Hide Security Cameras in Low-Profile Positions

A possible and feasible way is to hide security cameras to make them less conspicuous. Ideal spots for you to disguise security cameras include eaves, soffits, trees, birdhouses, black boxes and so on.

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Solution 2. Use Tapes or Films to Disguise CCTV Cameras

In addition to painting security cameras black with sprays or painting materials, another solution is to camouflage IP cameras with vehicle vinyl wraps and other tapes as well.

Since such tapes come in solid forms, they are easier to deal with and apply compared to sprays or painting materials. Moreover, they are affordable and durable, which makes them another preferable option for you to camouflage white security cameras.

Solution 3. Add a Skin to Camouflage Security Cameras

For some small-sized security cameras like the battery-powered security cameras, you may also add camouflage skins to make them less noticeable.
Battery-Powered Security Camera with Camouflage Skin

Also note that applying camouflage skins which are not produced by security camera brands may come with inaccurate sizes and bring bad effects on the infrared lights or image quality. So, it is best to check if the security camera brands offer customized camouflage skins or not.

Will Painting White IP Cameras Black Affect the Motion Sensing or Night Vision

The answer largely depends on how you paint your white security cameras.

In fact, if you have covered the lenses, charging and alarm ports properly, you can spray painting IP cameras or apply other painting materials without any damages on the image quality or motion sensing.

A user who converted his white outdoor CCTV cameras into black ones several years ago shared his own experiences in a security camera forum:

“I have painted my outdoor cameras a dark brown color and these cameras have been operating for more than 6 years without any problems. So, I can say that painting white IP cameras black won’t affect their performance.”

But note that painting white CCTV cameras black may disable the warranty. If you are not sure about it, consult the security camera brands before converting the IP cameras into black ones.

Also mind that after the painting, you'd better choose proper installation spots with shelters for security cameras with dark colors. As noted above, if such CCTV cameras are exposed to the direct sunlight, they will possibly absorb extra heat and damage the unit.

We would like to hear from you right now! If you have any ideas on painting security cameras black, feel free to share in the comment below.


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Lorenz is an independent writer who is keen on security industry. She also loves to share new ideas and information of security life with readers.