How to Paint a Stove Exhaust Hood How to Paint a Stove Exhaust Hood

What You'll Need
Dawn dish soap
Small bucket of hot water and a sponge
Rubber gloves
150 grit sandpaper
1/2 inch paintbrush
Small paint roller
Paint tray
Step stool
Primer paint
Damp cloth
Oil base paint
Sealant
Painters tape

If you are wondering how to paint a stove exhaust hood, take a deep breath and relax because it can be accomplished with a minimal amount of work. Equipped with some basic supplies and a little bit of elbow grease, this job can easily be completed in an afternoon.

Step 1 - Clean and Sand the Hood

Prepare exhaust hood for painting

The first thing you will need to do is mix some Dawn dish soap with hot water in a bucket. A sponge is preferred to cleaning the hood because the texture of the sponge works more efficiently than a cloth. Dawn is the best choice for detergent as it takes away thick layers of grease better than other detergents. Make sure your step stool is in a solid position to be safe. The step stool will help to eliminate any pulled muscles or tendons by reaching out of your range.

Swipe the sponge repeatedly over the exhaust hood and use the damp cloth to wipe away the excess water. Once the grease is gone and you have allowed the hood to dry, it is time to sand. Use 150-grit sandpaper repeatedly, going over the entire hood. Avoid putting too much pressure on the metal. You do not want to scar the metal, but do want to rid the hood of any old paint or grime. Once the sanding is done, wipe the hood with a damp cloth and let it dry.

Step 2 - Prime and Paint

Use painter’s tape to tape off all the outside edges. Once this is accomplished, you can pour the primer into the paint tray and use the paintbrush to get the edges and the trim of the exhaust hood. After the trim is finished, use the roller to complete the priming process. Make sure you use even and light rolls to help eliminate excess paint bubbles. Apply two layers of primer and let it dry as per instructions on the can. While the primer is drying, clean your paint brush and tray and fill it with an oil-based paint in the color of your choice. Using the same method you used for the primer, use the brush to paint the trim and then use the roller to apply two separate coats of oil paint. Oil paint will prove to be easier to clean and will remain more durable than a water-based product.

Step 3 - Seal and Dry

Yellow Range exhaust hood

Using a clean roller, apply two layers of sealant once the oil-based paint has dried, as per product instructions. The sealant is a necessity to prevent water damage, rusting, mildew or chipping. Put away your supplies and avoid cooking for 24 hours on your range top to give your exhaust hood a chance to properly dry before it is exposed to steam. If you don't wait the allotted time, you could end up having to start over from the beginning.

Although it takes a little attention to properly paint your stove exhaust hood, your efforts will result in a fresh look and better protection.

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