Knelso18
Knelso18
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  • Zimmerman, MN

Easy Cheap Fix/look for Old Air Duct Vent

2 Materials
$3
10 Minutes
Easy

We have a air vent in the floor right by the door going to the garage. It is 19 yrs old And looking rusty and gross. Now I know you can buy a new one, but why spend more money than you need to right?
The biggest issue with this vent is placement. It gathers all the dirt, water, etc... as we have snow/sun seasons. It's the only air vent on our hardwood floors.
My solution and cheap... spray paint.
It
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
The before picture.
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
Took it to the laundry room tub...
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
Washed it and scrubbed with a scrub pad
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
After cleaning...
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
Did a light sanding on it with a light sanding block.
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
Picked the color of spray paint out of ones I had here at home from other projects...
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
One layer done...
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
Let it dry overnight in basement... too cold here in Minnesota to do in the garage.
easy cheap fix look for old air duct vent
Finished product put in place. Love the look and color. More subtle than the white. The ones I see at hardware stores come in white, cream and wood. Would not be able to get this color.
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3 of 4 questions
  • Lonnie
    on Jan 29, 2018

    What about the opening and closing portion of the vent? My concern would be that the spray paint would prevent it from working - either painting it open or shut, depending upon how you had it set when painting.

    • Greg
      on Feb 7, 2018

      You can put grease or Vaseline on the areas the move pivot points before painting this will prevent the paint from building up in them and keep them moving freely

  • Kelli Cook
    on Jan 29, 2018

    judy Ellison....do you have a picture of your painted light and outllet covers? Love this idea.

  • Mary Mechler
    on Oct 14, 2018

    How many coats of paint did you spray?

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  • Cam23995085
    on Feb 11, 2018

    Nice job, thanks for sharing.

  • Heje
    on Aug 27, 2018

    Spraying the vents is a good idea as it allows you to match your floors or carpets.

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