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Old 01-01-2017, 10:06 PM   #16
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I don't think it is an issue unless metal paint is used.
Any who can quote me a code section, then I will change my mind.
There is nothing, zero, in the NEC that prevents painting the exterior of equipment, including receptacles. UL is annoyingly silent on the issue. Their response continues to basically be 'We don't like it, but we can't state whether it violates the listing of receptacles because we cannot know what the effect of various paints may or may not be.'

I still wouldn't recommend doing it. Not for any safety or technical reasons, but because of this:

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The outlets are more costly? If you Go to any big box store and buy a contractor packs, you're looking at about 50cents an outlet. If they can't afford the outlets I doubt a paint brush and paint is in their budget either.
Maybe I'm the only one who has priced paint recently, but it has become EXPENSIVE. All types have. Much more so than replacing a receptacle and faceplate. Unless you already have leftover or excess paint I cannot see how this would be a money saving way of improving a room.

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The outlets are more costly? If you Go to any big box store and buy a contractor packs, you're looking at about 50cents an outlet. If they can't afford the outlets I doubt a paint brush and paint is in their budget either.

People don't have the skill? Great idea, make a blog on how to replace an old painted outlet with a new one. I'm sure your readers will appreciate the time saved over your paint method.

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Must admit I've not heard of a "big box" store or know if my town has one. Its a small town. I tend to post about what the average person might have access too which is the local Walmart or hardware store where those run about $4 each. I'd love to know more about these Big Box stores of which you speak. ‹

Now your second idea is a pretty dange good one. (Though there are some folks that just won't touch anything that deals with electricity, my husband included. He prefers to trust the "Professionals". Its OK though, he makes up for it in other ways.) Still, that idea is going on my "post list". I'm always looking for more of those!
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The term "big box" refers to Home Depot, Lowes, Menards

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To me it is not a matter of the cost of the receptacles. It is a matter of wanting the receptacles to be a different color than what you can buy. Some people need everything to be colour coordinated. What If I want my receptacles to be green to match the walls? Where do I buy those?
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To me it is not a matter of the cost of the receptacles. It is a matter of wanting the receptacles to be a different color than what you can buy. Some people need everything to be colour coordinated. What If I want my receptacles to be green to match the walls? Where do I buy those?
We do live in a world of color cooridinating DIY'ers don't we?
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I should probably post the original comment I received that had me wondering if I was setting home's ablaze around the country and sent me to this blog among other places doing more research.

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As for me I have been a licensed electrician for well over 30 years and it is this type of poor advice from none skilled tradesmen on how to paint a receptacle. This type of advice has proven to have caused home fires and many deaths. Therefore you completely non trained people keep following this type of stupid advice to save a few bucks. As I continue to see my liability insurance go higher because my insurance cost are based on how many fires national are deemed electrical. It is because of these completely insane ideas that cause fires. Therefore instead deeming these fires electrical why donít we deem them the homeowners fault No they blame the electrical systems which in turn causes my insurance rates to keep climbing which causes me to charge my clients more money. These kinds of DIY short cuts could possibly cost you your home and possibly your life. Think before you consider this. The paint can potentially cause the device to fail causing a fire. The electrical devices in your home have gone thru extensive UL testing to be used as manufactured. Part of that testing also states they meet design for safety and are not to be altered. Painting them IS altering them. In my region of the country if you paint your devices your home will not pass inspections when you try and sell your home. So to that I say be smart call the electrician and change the color correctly with new devices. You will pass those inspections, you will have less of a chance of burning your house down or killing your family.

According to the national electrical code article 110-12 you cannot paint electrical devices.
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To me it is not a matter of the cost of the receptacles. It is a matter of wanting the receptacles to be a different color than what you can buy. Some people need everything to be colour coordinated. What If I want my receptacles to be green to match the walls? Where do I buy those?

I wonder the same thing too.

When I look at my wall light switches and outlets, I'm resigned at how utterly bland they look. I'd like to have them in a different color.

I see face plates in different colors and prints at hardware stores. But there's still the problem that the switch itself and the outlet itself will still be just white, off-white or almond. That looks even more bizarre - a face plate whose color/print is different from the switch/outlet.

So, there's really no other choice but to paint everything. Not that I've done so - main consideration being that if I paint the outlet, the paint will get chipped off eventually over the years where the plug touches the outlet.
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LUTRON colors, take your pick:

http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Resident...ics/Color.aspx
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Each mfg has their own color choices. Here are Levitron's.
http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/Secti...minisite=10251

I would not expect to find them all locally, but they can be special ordered.
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Each mfg has their own color choices. Here are Levitron's.
http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/Secti...minisite=10251

I would not expect to find them all locally, but they can be special ordered.

Not surprised you can get them in colors. But then we're back where we started. I checked the prices. Great for those with case but $10 plus for a colored outlet is a bit more than many can fess up. Hence... the spray paint. :-P

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