Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ceiling fan Updates

If you have a perfectly good, in working order BRASS (or gold..YUCK) Ceiling fan don't throw them away just yet!! We have already established in earlier posts I am cheap so I will use everything til the wheels fall off and try to keep it updated so here is your ceiling fan tutorial.


GO NOW AND GET THIS
you don't have to get this color (nickel) they have several different colors to choose from (and no I don't work for rustoleum but dang I would if they asked me lol)
The first step after choosing your color and bringing it home is the most important.

Step 1: ALWAYS TURN BREAKER OFF WHEN WORKING WITH ELECTRICITY!!! ALWAYS!!

ok so now we are on to the meat and potatoes

Step 2: Removal
when I say removal that means anything that can come off blades, light shades, bulbs, etc
keep track of what goes where when you are removing (a good trick is to take pics so you know where something goes back and keep your screws in a baggie labeled)
(light globe and bulb too)

Step 3: Prep
by prep I mostly mean CLEAN everything you know dang well you haven't cleaned those fans in months trust me they are nasty those dust bunnies were having a party up there.

Step4: Tape off ceiling if you plan to leave the motor up there (which is what I did for 1 out of 4 fans I did) so you don't have over spray. Tape off the sockets where the bulbs screw in, if sprayed with paint you could possibly ruin the socket. Tape off any areas you don't want painted.

Step 5: Start painting!! do light coats read the can see how long it takes to dry and apply a cpl coats til you are happy with what you see

(this is the only fan I actually removed then I realized there was an easier way like LEAVE IT MOUNTED lol)

Step 6: Paint the blades and the doohickeys that hold them on
Make sure you let everything dry at least 24 hours before you start putting it all back together (my impatience left fingerprints on the first fan I did but thank goodness no one hangs out on the ceiling looking for prints and such)


Some Before and Afters


I didn't get a before pic of this one above but it used to be GOLD (blech)



27 comments:

  1. So how'd you spray it with it still mounted? I have two fans I'd like to save but right now they are hideous.

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  2. Yes... I would like to know also ^^^

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  3. What paint did you use on the blades ?

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  4. I've had salespeople at Lowe's tell me not to paint the blades, but to replace them. The extra weight on the blade from the paint will knock the fan off balance. So, I also would like to know if those are the original blades re-painted.

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    1. If you paint all the blades the same number of coats they will all be the same weight. I'd try it first before taking their advice, also you're not painting it 20 coats, just 2-3 thin coats. If it's unbalanced then get a new fan.

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    4. My husband is an electrician and he installs these fans too often he said painting is ok but to make sure that you make sure you put the blades back exactly like you took them down because they are counterweighted specifically like a,b,c,d. He also said to make sure you don't clog the screens on the base if they have one, because it will cause the fan to overheat and could cause a fire

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  5. I read that it is a fire hazard to paint the motor housing because it plugs up the ventilation and causes the fan to overheat. Did you tape off the vents? The fans look great, but I'm not sure I want to take the risk. We live in the south, so the fans are on almost all of the time.

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    2. The fan in the kitchen is gold (prior owners selected it) but would love to paint it silver). You inspired me but hesitant.

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    3. I was wondering the same thing? Also the spray would get inside where the motor is, wouldn't it?

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    4. I agree KRo. I would not chance it. I will paint almost anything to make it look new and lovely again, but not the housing of a ceiling fan. Too much risk.

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    5. My husband is an electrician and said to tape off the ventilation if you are going to do this because yes it will cause the fan to overheat and could cause a house fire, but he did say as long as those vents are clear your ok just make sure you put the blades back on in the order they were taken off because they are specially balanced and counterbalanced so if you don't put them back on the right way it will knock them out of balance

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  7. I had an ugly wood and gold ceiling fan I painted all white 4 years ago. I never removed the blades, or took anything down, and it works perfectly fine. I have never had a problem with it.

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  8. I still have not seen a response to spray painting the housing and if it affects motor. I did see "dry brushing" mentioned somewhere; is that a safe option? When I painted the blades a few years ago I stopped at painting the housing because concerned about damaging motor. So does the paint get inside and affect the motor; can't imagine it does not.

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  9. I'd love to know the color of the blades.

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  11. Hi!

    I reached out to you earlier requesting your permission to use a photo of yours from this post with credit and a link to your site in a BuzzFeed roundup of clever home remodeling ideas. We're planning to publish soon -- just following up to see if it would be ok with you!

    Thanks!

    Natalie
    natalie.brown@buzzfeed.com

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  13. Appreciate your effort for the blog the informative blog on Ceiling Fans. Help us to find the genuine brands we are dealing with.

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  15. Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative article, painting with airless spray gun will be faster and more interesting!


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