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How to Paint a Ceiling Fan

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You are using a fan since ages and it looks old now. You do not want to buy a new one as it works l fine. It’s just that you are bored with the brass and contemporary wooden tone. It is a great idea to give a sassy makeover to your ceiling fan. Whenever you want to start, begin with safety measurements. Ensure that the fan is switched off and so are the lights. Put a tape across the switchboard so you do not turn it on accidentally.

The tools you will need in this job are:

  • A ladder
  • Primer
  • Paint/Enamel
  • Spray paint
  • Paint brushes, in different sizes, preferably with flat tips
  • Screwdriver
  • Zip lock pouches
  • Sandpaper
  • Detergent, water, and a duster or ragged piece of cloth
  • Foam/tarp

Take the Lights Off
Switch the fan and the breaker off. Place the ladder firmly on the floor and climb up. As you plan to paint the fan, first take the lights or the bulbs out. Place them safely on a table. Remove all other accessories attached with the fan.

Remove the Blades
Take a screwdriver and gently disassemble the blades. If possible bring the motor down as well. Keep the screws in a transparent zip-lock pouch so you don’t lose them. Also, take a marker and write on the pouch a few details of the screws you have kept inside, so while assembling you know which one goes where. If you cannot take the motor, you can paint it right there without taking it down.

Clean the Fan
Alright, so before applying paint do a little bit of cleaning so the color sticks and stays long. Separate the brackets from the blades and place them safely. Take sandpaper (100 grit) and rub it on the metal body of the motor and the metal brackets. Use a cleaner or detergent to clean the blades. Gently wipe the blades with a ragged cloth or a duster with detergent. Let it dry.

Apply primer on the fan blades; once it dries then apply the paint. Spray the paint of your preferred color on the blades, brackets and safely keep place them to dry off. You can make two blocks of foam or to keep each blade and metal objects separated as you paint them; do not keep them on the mattress, it will damage the color and may attract dirt. You can use a tarp if you do not have foam.

Coming to the motor, take the paint brushes and gently paint the metal body. Do it very carefully so you do not damage the rest of the body with paint.

Place the screwdrivers upright (vertical situation) on a foam and spray the paint.

Repeat the process as it dries off, you may require 2-3 coats of color to get a glossy finish.

Reassemble the Fan

Finally, reassemble all the parts of the fan after they completely dry out. Switch on the breaker and the switch and enjoy the sight!

One thing you must ensure is that do not place any of the parts directly on the floor, either take a thin mattress or something alike to protect the parts from scratch. You do not need special knowledge about electricity or equipment. These are the simplest steps anyone can try at home and get excellent results post painting! You can try out different decorative styles, do a little mix-n-match with multiple colors. It is fun! Don’t forget to share your photos with us.

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