How To Paint a Ceiling Fan

When remodeling, you don’t need to replace your ceiling fan.Whether you want a fan that blends into your ceiling for more visual space, a shiny new color to jazz it up, or you just want to take it out of the 1970s, painting a ceiling fan can look expensive and brand new in the matter of an afternoon.

Step 1: If your ceiling fan has a light kit, disassemble it first.

Remove the glass shades by removing the thumbscrews that hold them in place.Remove the screws that hold the light kit fitter assembly in place.Attach them to the holes in the motor.A drill will make this go faster, but aPhillips head screwdriver will work as well.

Step 2: The motor housing assembly has blade and blade brackets.

They are most likely to come off together.They should be put aside for later.It’s a good idea to keep the screws in a bowl.It won’t get hit by fan blades if you keep it off the side.

Step 3: The screws hold the canopy in place.

Attach the wiring to the canopy.You can remove the ceiling fan at this point.The mount is attached to the ceiling.

Step 4: Remove the body of the fan from the ground.

If you don’t mind getting painted, put the pieces down in your work area on top of a surface covered in a newspaper, tarp or other material.Start by removing the blades from the brackets.Attach the screws to the blade brackets halfway.The motor housing assembly has a down rod.The motor housing assembly has holes in it.The motor housing assembly needs to be removed after that.For later, set the bolts and screws aside.Remove the pull chains.They should be set aside for later.

Step 5: The fan needs to be cleaned.

Make that fan cleaner with some multi-purpose spray and a damp rag.Dust, dead bugs, and grime are not something you want to paint over.This applies to the blades, brackets, switch housing cover, download, and anything else that you are going to paint.Either wipe it dry with a clean rag or let it air dry.Don’t use a wet or damp fan, dry it thoroughly.

Step 6: The blades need to be sanded with 120-grit sandpaper.

This will help remove dirt, dust, and old paint from the fan.It is optional if you are working with a fan that is in very good condition, but it makes the job much easier for older fans.Make sure to wipe off any leftover particles after sanding.A clean rag and some soapy water works well.The parts should be dry.

Step 7: All parts should be painted with a white-colored primer.

In an old t-shirt and gloves, shake up a bottle and test it on a piece of paper.Once it is ready to go, spray the blades and hardware pieces with a thin, even coat.Allow them to dry off.It is easy to spray paint a ceiling fan.You could use a generic primer, but it’s messy and doesn’t go on as evenly as this stuff.

Step 8: All of the parts should be painted after the primer is dry.

For any color, you should be spraying from about 6 to 8 inches away.To get an even coat of paint, move the can in a side-to-side motion.It is best to start with the blades first.Neutral colors (grey, white, brown) generally work, but brighter colors can add a splash of fun that match the room’s look.If you want to give your fan a modern look, you could even buy paint in shades of metal, like nickel or copper.If you don’t want certain bits to be painted, cover them with painter’s tape.

Step 9: After the first coat of paint is dry, apply a second coat.

It’s a good idea to inspect the pieces for missing parts or that need a thicker coat in certain areas.If you missed a tiny section, you could always touch it up with a permanent marker.

Step 10: Reassembling your fan is done from the ground.

Re-installing the down rod and securing the screws is the first thing to do.The canopy can be dropped to the motor housing assembly.The blades should be re-installed from the ground.

Step 11: The ceiling fan needs to be hung.

All wiring should be connected with electrical tape and wire nuts.Attach the canopy to the ceiling.If you’re confused about how to do it correctly, there are articles on both installing and replacing ceiling fans on wikiHow.

Step 12: Attach the blades and brackets to the motor housing assembly.

The most tedious task of them all will be placing the screws tightly and line up.It is time consuming and not difficult.

Step 13: The light kit and pull chains on your ceiling fan should be re-installed.

Pull the chains and then turn on the light.It’s great if it works.You will have to retrace your steps if it doesn’t happen.Something was done in the wrong order.Your only job after that is to enjoy your new ceiling fan.