How do I spray paint a mirror cover

How do I spray paint a mirror cover

Nicholas Edwards

How to Spray Paint Your Car Mirror Cover

A Step-by-Step Guide

Spraying a new coat of paint on your car's mirror cover can give it a fresh and updated look. Alternatively, if your mirror cover has been damaged, the likelihood is that the new one isn’t colour coded to your vehicle. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it right:

  1. Preparation: Clean the mirror cover thoroughly and remove any rust, dirt, or grease. Use sandpaper, suggested grit of P400 to smooth out any rough spots and apply a primer to help the paint adhere better. New mirror covers often come pre-primed.

  2. Masking: Cover the surrounding areas of the mirror cover with masking tape and paper to protect them from the spray paint.

  3. Spraying: Shake the spray paint can for at least 2 minutes after the mixing ball rattles. Test the spray on a piece of cardboard or paper to ensure the paint is coming out evenly. Hold the spray can about 8-10 inches away from the surface and apply thin, even coats, allowing each coat to dry for about 15 minutes before applying the next one.

  4. Drying: Let the mirror cover dry for at least 24 hours before removing the masking tape and paper.

  5. Clearcoat: After spraying the mirror cover you’ll need to apply a coat of lacquer or clear coat. Apply using the same method as the paint.


  • Always work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Avoid spraying in humid or windy conditions.
  • Use a clear coat to protect the paint and make it shine.

With these simple steps, you can give your car's mirror cover a brand-new look. Good luck, and happy painting!