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How to Paint a Ceiling Fan

January 6th, 2012 Tools

After some years have passed, your ceiling fans may be starting to show their age with chipped or faded paint. One option is to simply buy new ones, but this may cost you a fair bit of money, and installing ceiling fans might prove to be difficult. Have you considered simply painting your current ones? You might find it to be a fairly quick and easy task, even without outside help (though you may want to recruit a second person).

Your first step is to remove and disassemble the fan. According to, you need four things:

1. A number 2 Phillips screwdriver

2. A 3/16-inch slotted screwdriver

3. A voltage tester

4. A ladder.

First, switch off the power supply to the room that the fan occupies to avoid any potential shocks. Get up on the ladder and unscrew the mounting bracket, which actually connects the fan to the ceiling, carefully disconnecting the wiring. Once the fan is unattached, use your Phillips screwdriver to remove each of the blades, storing the screws in a separate plastic bag so they don't get lost.

Lay each blade out and wipe off any dust that may have accumulated. Next, spray them down with primer in the color you plan on painting them. Follow up with some spraypaint, making sure to cover both sides of the blades as well as the central "hub." Once the paint has dried, reconnect the fan to the ceiling. You can now safely switch on the power again and make sure everything is working out. Congrats! You now have a beautiful, good-as-new ceiling fan that you won't have to worry about for years to come.