Painting Panels

Note: tutorials are carried out at your own risk. Be careful with your precious self, modules & system.

in the rack close up shot of uZeus power module painted black

I’m sure this isn’t the best way (might even be the worst way) but it works for me! I wouldn’t recommend doing it on anything expensive or anything you might regret not being able to sell on in the future. I imagine the best way probably involves removing the existing text, using some kinda primer then a spray can for a nice even finish but here’s what i’ve done to hide those pesky silver panels.


silver ALM HPO module panel next to a tin of black paint and a paintbrush


  1. Remove panel.
  2. Shake paint can.
  3. Slap paint on.
  4. Wait for that coat to be semi-dry or for as long as your patience allows, 20 or 30 minutes might be alright.
  5. Do another coat- if it’s not looking very even, lean into the texture and make it look deliberately splotchy.
  6. Wait a bit and do a third coat if it looks like it needs it.
  7. Now try to forget about it completely and let it properly dry, overnight if possible, or whatever the can says.
  8. Add text labels (see below) then reassemble module.
close up of black painted HPO module showing rough texture and roughly scratched out text

I have two tried-and-tested methods for adding the labels back on so you can remember what everything does:

So far i've done this on the uZeus and ALM HPO (both pictured above), a York Modular HPF, Mutable Instruments Kinks and also a non-eurorack Yamaha mixer. If you've tried this, I would love to see your results and if you've got any tips to share, I'll add them to this page.

Mutable Instruments Kinks silver panel waiting to be painted black on the left, Kinks now painted black with white text written on in pen and on the right, with hardware black on and clear nail varnish added to protect text

My results are obviously pretty rough around the edges but once it's back in the rack, you'd be surprised how much they blend in and look alright. For some boring utilities I think it actually adds a bit of character.

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