Can You Paint a Ceiling Fan? (Step By Step Guide)

Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Barry Gray

Can You Paint A Ceiling Fan

During an interior remodeling or decorating project, you may find yourself wondering what to do about that mismatched ceiling fan. Will it be easier to replace the fan entirely to match it to your new interior — or is there an easier way? If you’re wondering whether ceiling fans can be painted, this is what you need to know! 

Ceiling fans can be refurbished using paint when the correct steps are followed. To effectively paint your ceiling fan, you’ll need to consider your home’s color scheme and choose which colors you’d like to paint the fan’s different parts. Ceiling fans need to be uninstalled when being painted. 

If you want to refurbish your ceiling fan using paint, I’m going to break down everything you need to know. In the first section, we’ll consider how ceiling fans can be painted, the type of paint that should be used, and how to choose your fan’s new colors. Once we’ve done this, you can follow our ten-step guide to paint your fan! 

Can A Ceiling Fan Be Painted?

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If you’re redecorating your home’s interior, you might be left wondering what to do about that now-mismatched ceiling fan. Many consumers are under the impression that a ceiling fan needs to be replaced for it to match their new décor – but there’s a simpler way! 

By following the appropriate steps, it is possible to paint a ceiling fan. The easiest way to do this is by using enamel spray paint. Since your ceiling fan can be painted, there’s an important aspect for you to consider: what color will you decide to paint your ceiling fan to match your home’s interior? 

Whether you go to your local hardware store or order spray paint online, there are numerous colors for you to choose from. When painting fan blades, it is recommended that the color of the blades matches that of your furniture and doors. 

Despite many homeowners preferring to only paint their fan’s blades, it is entirely possible to paint the rest of the fan. Naturally, this allows for even greater customization. If you decide to paint your ceiling fan’s hardware, you should choose a color that matches the color of the space’s appliances. 

Of course, you don’t need to follow these guidelines. Once you’ve chosen a color for your fan’s different components – and which parts you’d like to paint – you can follow my simple guide to painting a ceiling fan in ten steps. 

10 Steps To Paint A Ceiling Fan 

As we explained above, it’s possible to paint a ceiling fan. If you want to try your hand at this fun DIY project, you can follow these ten simple steps! If you don’t have some of these supplies, you can visit your local hardware store or order the missing supplies online. 

1. Gather Necessary Supplies

First things first, you’ll need to collect a few supplies to paint your ceiling fan! 

  • Screwdriver
  • Newspaper 
  • 120-grit Sandpaper 
  • Soap 
  • Non-scratch Cleaning Sponge 
  • Gloves 
  • Enamel Primer 
  • Enamel Spray Paint 

2. Uninstall Ceiling Fan 

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll want to use your screwdriver to begin uninstalling your ceiling fan. The exact steps to do this will depend on your specific ceiling fan. When uninstalling this, you should refer to your manufacturer’s provided assembly and disassembly instructions. 

3. Remove Fan Blades 

With your ceiling fan now uninstalled, you can proceed to detach the fan blades from the fan’s body. These blades can be placed on pieces of newspaper for the following steps. If you just want to paint the blades of your fan, you can proceed to Step Five. 

4. Disassemble Fan Body 

This is an optional step. If you decide to paint more than just your ceiling fan’s blades, you’ll need to disassemble the fan’s body. If your fan has an included light fixture, you’ll want to start there. Like the blades, the components you wish to paint should be placed on pieces of newspaper. 

5. Sand Fan Components 

Once you’ve disassembled your fan and laid the components neatly on newspaper, you’re ready to begin sanding. To do this, you’ll need to use 120-grit sandpaper. By sanding your fan’s components, you are removing dirt, dust, and old paint from the surface. All fan surfaces that will be painted need to be sanded down. 

6. Clean Fan Components 

Once you’ve sanded your fan’s components, it’s time to clean them. After all, they’ll be quite dusty now. To do this, you can use dishwashing soap and water. You’ll want to ensure that all your fan’s components are free of dust from the sanding. Once clean, allow your fan’s parts to dry fully. 

7. Apply Primer Coats 

Once your fan is clean and dry, you’re ready to begin applying your primer coats. Gloves should be worn to prevent getting the primer on your hands. With the primer spray can, you can apply a thin and even layer of primer. Numerous coats may be needed. These coats should fully dry before you proceed with painting your ceiling fan.  

8. Paint Your Ceiling Fan  

Once your primer layers have dried, it’s time to paint your ceiling fan! Your spray must be held at least 6-inches away from your fan’s components while you’re painting them. A sweeping motion should be used to ensure an even paint coating. Two coats of paint should be applied, with sufficient time for each to dry. 

9. Inspect Paint Coats 

Once your paint coats have dried, it’s time to assess your handwork! If you’re not satisfied with the paint, you can add an additional coat before proceeding. However, if you’re satisfied with your painted ceiling fan, you can proceed to the final step. 

10. Reinstall Ceiling Fan 

Now that your ceiling fan has been painted, it’s time to reinstall it. Essentially, this will be a reverse of Steps Two, Three, and Four. When reinstalling your fan, the manufacturer’s assembly instructions should be carefully followed. 


When the proper steps are followed, ceiling fans can be refurbished with paint. Choosing the right colors to paint the fan’s different parts will depend on the color scheme of your home. Once you’re done painting and reinstalling your ceiling fan, it will no longer be mismatched with your interior decorating. 

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Barry Gray

Hi, I’m Barry. I’ve loved woodworking and bringing things back to life for more years than I care to remember. I hope my passion for tools comes across loud and clear in everything you read here on The Tool Square.