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If your painting just the fixture and not the bulbs, then sure you can. Just tape off where the bulbs go in.
 

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Cant seem to find an answer to the above question. Anyone know?
In a word, yes. As always, the key is in the prep. And with florescent fixtures, a high-quality finish will require spraying or hand-rubbing. (I don't expect the effort to hand-rub would make that an attractive choice.)

I recommend cleaning the fixture(s), then thoroughly roughing up the surface with fine steel wool; also it would be best to prime them with a primer compatible with your choice of finish paint.

At this point you would not be limited to metal paint; almost any high-quality washable paint would be fine.

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