"Hey Marvin! I wanted to ask you about blacking out your cameras. I've been wanting to do it with my a6000 that I'm starting off with and I remember you did something on insta stories but I don't remember the process on how you did it. I tried using the xacto knife that I briefly saw you used in the s in Sony, but it seem like I fucked up and scratched not only the s out a little but also around it. Sucks but would like to know how you kept it clean as fuck."


So i've been getting this question a lot ever since i posted about it not too long ago, i mean A LOT. hopefully this post can help you start off in the right direction. the process really isn't that difficult; just very tedious and time consuming. it's definitely not something you want to rush so make sure you block out maybe an hour or 2 to really sit down and knock it out. to begin, there's always the question on "why do you black out your camera/remove the logos?" most people use gaffers tape to cover up all brand logos on their camera. one reason is that companies do not want any third party logos to be seen. another is to be more of a ninja. however, i personally just have a distaste for the big ol' logos. i've always like to customize my belongings to feel more like "me". so the past few cameras that i've owned, i've completely blacked them out. sometimes with gaffers tape, other times with paint. for my latest camera, i the sony a7r2, i painted. the paint i used was an enamel paint, same paint used for model cars and such. my first step was to remove the shirts the paint completely, leaving the surface under it to be exposed and rough, important so that the paint has a higher chance of staying put. this part is very tedious, you want to use something very sharp. i used both an xacto knife to scratch off majority of the white paint but then used a broad needle to get the corners and edges. i found that stabbing the edges and corners worked much better than used the knife because i sometimes slipped with the knife and scratched the surrounding area which makes the job look like shit. so be extra careful and take your time, and use a headlamp to make sure you got everything.


once all the white paint is removed, use a very thin paint brush to fill in the area. don't go too heavy on the paint, instead use light and layers of paint and repeat after the first coat is dry. i used a heat gun to speed up the drying process, saves you a lot of time this way. i did about 5 coats or until you feel like are happy with the way it looks. you can apply less so that you can still see the logo but very subtle or you can. try and fill it all the way to be flush with the surface. after the paint is completely dried, i took a piece of cloth/towel and sanded down the entire face surface to remove any excess paint that may over gotten out. do not use sand paper, it's too rough and will end up scratching the body. cloths like t shirts work, just apply good pressure. this will be the end result.




keep in mind that i don't recommend this to anyone. do this at your own risk and do not blame me if you fuck up your camera. if you're like me, and like to sell your old camera in the future to upgrade, having a camera that's all jacked and scratched up won't help your sale. so if you do this, make sure you got bars or else you've just scratched away $2000 (or whatever your camera is worth)