How can a ceiling fan be painted?


I want to paint a ceiling fan … not the blades but all the metal parts including the main housing/body of the fan. Is this possible? I'm guessing I could not use a spray paint because it could get into the motor, right? Would some sort of appliance paint work that I could brush on? Or is this just a bad idea … !?!??!?!

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  • Carlie Warren Carlie Warren on Nov 29, 2018

    Sponge painted mine with few metallic colors.

  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Nov 29, 2018

    Yes you can spray paint a ceiling fan! First, remove the blades. On the back of the blades you will find screws that hold the blade part to the metal, take out the screws and separate so you can spray paint the metal brackets. You can remove the outside metal housing around the motor by removing the small screws at the top near the ceiling. You do not need to remove the entire fan, just the decorative cover. If there is a light you can also remove that by removing screws and disconnecting the wires to the main unit. Make sure the circuit breaker is off before disconnecting wires. I found that I could remove every decorative part of the fan except the pull chains, you have to paint them in place. Lay your pieces on cardboard to spray paint. Use masking tape and newspaper to cover the inside of light sockets. Don't forget to push all the screws into the cardboard so you can spray paint them to match. Spray lightly with several coats, letting it dry between coats. Then reassemble. I changed a brass fan with dark blades to silver with white blades. It looked so much more modern.

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    • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Nov 29, 2018

      You shouldn't have to take the whole fan down. The outer brass pieces are usually attached with little screws and come off easily so you won't disturb the balance of the fan. Mine was probably 40 years old - shiny brass, that was pitted and ugly. I lightly sanded the pitted areas so it was smooth before I sprayed it. It's beautiful now! I believe I used Rustoleum silver paint.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Nov 29, 2018

    Hi there, oh that's definitely been done before. They make specific paint just for that actually, I would check the brand rustoleum because I know they make both spray paint and brush on paint that would probably work. Here's a tutorial:

  • Carol Jackson Carol Jackson on Nov 29, 2018

    You can buy the rustoleum decorator paint in the can. Its the same stuff as the spray, just you know, not spray. Paints metal, wood, plastic- anything that ain't moving. Just tape around the fan so you don't get it on the ceiling and get ur done.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Nov 29, 2018

    Use Rustoleum 2X spray or brush on in one of the gorgeous metallic or other colors. Remove everything you can that you don’t want to paint, including lightbulbs and globes, the fan blades, and decorative pulls. Tape over anything you couldn’t remove but don’t want to paint. Cover everything with plastic drop cloths — floor, furniture, walls, ceiling?, because either kind of paint will drip or spray some. When you have painted 2-3 light coats, let the fan dry for a few hours, even if you choose quick-dry paint so the paint cures, or bonds with the original coating. Then replace all the clean fan parts. This could be a focal point, just like a good painting or a fireplace. Best wishes, ☺️