How To Paint A Ceiling Fan

What You'll Need
1 6-foot stepladder
Paint (Spray cans are easiest)
Paint brushes - only if not using spray paint
Paint remover
Drop cloth
Painter's tape
Shop rags

Painting a ceiling fan can make a huge difference in the room's overall appearance. Most people take the easy way out and simply paint the blades, but there are high-quality paints available for the fan motor housing as well. Decide on what parts you will be painting, what colors you want to use, and set up a work area.

Remove the Blades

Turn off power to the ceiling fan. Remove the fan blades. Set the blades aside and thoroughly clean the fan housing. If you will be painting the housing, use painter's tape to cover all openings in the housing, and you may even want to use painter's tape to attach newspaper to the ceiling above and around the unit. With the housing cleaned and prepped, clean the blades thoroughly and set them aside to dry.

Paint the Housing

Shake the paint cans well before using them. Hold the can about 6 to 10 inches away from the housing and spray with slow, continuous passes. Be careful to avoid over spraying that might result in runs. Any drips or mistakes should be cleaned up as soon as they happen before the paint has a chance to dry.

Optional Blade Prep

Some people will use a 220-grit sandpaper and lightly sand the blade surfaces. This removes blemishes as well as creating a porous surface for the paint to bond to. If you choose this method, be sure to wipe the blade with a damp cloth after sanding it.

Paint the Blades

As with the housing, hold the can less than a foot away from each blade, and spray along the length of the blade, making one complete pass fromend to end and then moving to the next paint path. Many people simply spray the can and move back and forth over the target area, but this reduces the amount of control you have over paint delivery. Pick a direction, and use that same direction for each pass of the spray can. Allow blades to dry for about an hour before turning them over and painting the other side.

Use Multiple Coats

Use at least 2 coats of paint on each side of the blades. For best results, begin with a primer coat, and then use two full coats of the final paint color. If runs occur, do not clean them up until the paint is completely dry. At that time, use your sandpaper to remove the blemish and add another coat of paint afterward.

Hang the Blades

Allow the blades to dry for at least an hour before you mount them on the housing again. For best results, allow the paint to dry overnight, which will make it more resistant to accidental scratches during the mounting process. Mount each blade firmly in place, and then restore the power to the fan. Test its operation, and make any adjustments necessary to establish smooth, balanced operation.