painting a ceiling fan


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Old 09-10-04, 03:26 PM
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Question painting a ceiling fan

i posted this question in the Ceiling Fan forum:

i have a very shiny, brassy (dated - IMO!) ceiling fan. i want to replace it with one that is more of a dark, almost black finish. but i was thinking that, if it's possible, painting my brass one would certainly be cheaper. so, can/should you paint a ceiling fan? i'm thinking i should probably try to not get paint INTO the motor area, through those air intake holes, right? and if so, how? i was envisioning using spray paint, but maybe it'd be better to use a brush, to keep the paint from entering the motor housing area? anything else to consider???

i'll post this question in the Painting forum also, to get their advice on prep, primers & paints.....
so...........if it's even a good idea, what do i need to do to paint a shiny metal ceiling fan (with a light kit)? or should i just buy a new one in the finish/style i want?

thanks!
 
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Old 09-10-04, 07:02 PM
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Its probably going to have a lot of grease on it. I would wipe it down with an orange cleaner first then scuff it with a red scotchbrite pad with wax and grease remover (or try paint thinner) soaked into it. Dry it with compressed air before starting and after finishing as a lot of gunk may come out from the inside. So now its clean scuffed and dry. Use a spray bomb after taping anything you don't want painted. You can get a nice selection in either spray enamel or Duplicolor car color spray bombs. Priming with spray bomb (auto primer) will help show up imperfections and grease spots, but sand it with scothbrite before finish coat. Should be interesting a metalic maroon or ? and wont take long. I would'nt worry about getting spray inside the guts much unless you load it in there, more will drip into the vents with a brush.
 
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Old 09-10-04, 07:12 PM
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With all the time and effort your going to put into it and not knowing if it'll even turn out the way you want it would be easier and cheaper to buy a new fan. If you decide to replace it maybe you can use the current fan in another room or even the garage so you don't feel like your throwing away a perfectly good fan.
 
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Old 09-11-04, 07:37 AM
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I agree with lightman. Its probably better to put this old fan somewhere else and just install a new fan. To do the job right, you'll need to take the old one down anyway. You will need to get inside to block off any openings in the housing. You don't want any paint inside the housing.
 
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Old 09-13-04, 11:32 AM
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you're right...........even if i got it the right color & finish, it's still not the style i really want, so i'd probably never be happy with it. thanks for all the advice!
 
 

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