Painting Air Vents

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Old 12-29-09, 09:30 AM
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Painting Air Vents

I'm going to paint all of my metal air vents at my house. Any recommendations? I don't want them to end up looking streaky, but I would rather them look like they were naturally white.
 
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Old 12-29-09, 09:39 AM
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Clean them well to get rid of any dirt or grease...then use a spray paint in whatever color you like. I like Krylon.....Rustoleum seems to take forever to dry and harden. You'll need to try to remove any rust that may be on them..then use a rust prevention primer before painting.
 
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Old 12-29-09, 12:28 PM
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Ya, you definitely want to use a solvent based paint. I often get a quart of oil base enamel the same color as the wall and spray the grilles. Most spray cans of paint should work well
 
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Thank you for your responses... That really helps... Should I spray the primer on well. Do they make spray cans of primer?
 
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While a primer wouldn't hurt but as long as the grilles are clean, you can get by without it. What is their current condition?
 
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The grills are fairly old but they will be clean and without rust by the time I start painting.
 
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I cleaned, sanded, primed and painted mine. I used rustoleum primer in a can and rustoleum almond color paint to match the outlet and switch covers. Then I used a coat of satin clear to protect it (also rustoleum). The color and sheen was a near perfect match to the outlet/switch covers and it has held up very well so far...
 
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Regency, IMO, the best paint to use is appliance epoxy. It's sold with the rest of the spray paint. Costs twice as much as spray paint but it's the best stuff EVER. But be sure you follow the directions about recoat times.



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