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How to Paint an Old Range Hood (7 Easy Steps)

Want to learn how to paint an old range hood? The first thing you want to do is clean and sand the hood so the paint will stick. Read on to learn more!

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A range hood performs a fantastic job of eliminating the residual heat, smells, and oil that are left behind after cooking. Although it serves an important function, a range hood should not be uninteresting to the eye. A fresh coat of paint may transform the aesthetic of your range hood. You may select from a broad variety of colors and finishes when you decide to paint your range hood. This is a great and inexpensive method to give your kitchen a new appearance.

This article gives a deep analysis of these different options and the best way to go about this painting DIY project.

Image of a kitchen with gray walls, kitchen cabinets, countertop, and a range hood. Source: ksenia chernaya, pexels
Image of a kitchen with gray walls, kitchen cabinets, countertop, and a range hood. Source: Ksenia Chernaya, Pexels

Can you paint stainless steel appliances?

It is possible to paint stainless steel, so you may give your fences a new look or give your appliances a splash of color. Stainless steel doesn’t need to be painted since it resists corrosion well on its own. However, occasionally, stainless steel’s clinical appearance may be softened with a coat of paint.

With paint is best used with stainless steel.

The finest paints to use on stainless steel are epoxy and oil-based varieties. Unlike oil-based paints, epoxy paints need a certain quantity of hardener added to them before they will cure. One of the simplest approaches is to use spray paint that doubles as a paint and primer on steel.

How do you paint an old range hood?

It’s a prevalent belief that worn-out range hoods must be replaced immediately. However, even paints that don’t normally appear like they would be suitable for that purpose may be found with tiny fragments of metal in them to simulate the look of stainless steel. It’s a frequent fallacy that if your range hood looks a little worn, it’s time to replace it.

1. Turn off the power

Painting a range hood requires removing the hood from its cabinet above the stove and then plugging it back in. You may need to switch off the breaker at the main panel to disconnect the range hood from the electrical supply. This is necessary if you want to paint the underside or inside of the range hood. Please, no painting near the electrical components unless you want to risk electrocution.

2. First, cleaning

As a second stage in painting a range hood, it is essential to clean it of grease and dirt. Sanding the range hood before removing all the oil is not a good idea. Sanding a filthy range hood might end up grinding the grease further into the surface of the hood. For this stage, you may use an ordinary kitchen degreaser or alcohol like isopropyl alcohol.

3. Sanding

The range hood should be sanded once it has been cleaned. It will help if you sand your range hood before painting it, regardless of whether it contains rust or other defects. Even if your range hood is rust-free and in excellent shape, you should sand it before painting. Paint won’t adhere well to a shiny metal surface unless it’s been roughed up beforehand. The Environmental Protection Agency suggested spraying surfaces with water before sanding to reduce dust.

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4. Second cleaning

You would want to give it a last cleaning after sanding. Use a degreaser to remove the sanding residue and wash the surface off. Before you start painting, you must eliminate all of these minute particles. If you don’t clean the hood today, this dirt will keep the paint from sticking to it.

5. Cover the controls

It’s best practice to hide the buttons before you start painting. If you paint over the controls, you may need help turning the range hood on and off or adjusting the fan speed. The buttons may be concealed using blue painter’s tape. In addition, a sharp Exacto knife is recommended for cutting the tape edges to the precise dimensions you want.

Liquid masking is available as an alternative to traditional painters’ tape. This substance is painted onto the controller’s buttons, and then, after drying, it is peeled off.

6. Cover the walls & cooktop

You can cover the drywall around the controls as well. Newspaper and painter’s tape will do the trick. If you’re going to be spray painting, it’s a good idea to protect your stove or range top from any paint drips that could happen.

7. High-heat paint

My suggestion is to apply high-heat appliance paint. Range hoods unavoidably come into contact with high temperatures. Therefore, choosing a paint that can handle that stress is important. Light coatings are essential if you go for the spray paint variant. A full covering of the hood cannot be expected from the first application.

Given how porous the first coat is, you should be satisfied with 25% to 50% coverage. The subsequent coats won’t stay until the initial one is thin, so you should use them. Drips can occur if you apply paint in an overly thick layer.

Image of a kitchen with light bulbs, wooden cabinets below the countertop, kitchen utensils, a fridge, a stove, and a range hood. Source: hakim santoso, pexels
Image of a kitchen with light bulbs, wooden cabinets below the countertop, kitchen utensils, a fridge, a stove, and a range hood. Source: hakim santoso, pexels

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “How to Paint Stainless Steel” from the wikiHow YouTube channel.

A video called “How to Paint Stainless Steel” from the wikiHow YouTube channel.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about whether you can paint an old range hood.

Can we paint on stainless steel?

If you want to paint stainless steel, you’ll need high-quality oil-based paint, a primer designed for stainless steel, and a metal wax to protect your finished product. First, lightly scuff the steel’s surface using a sander or a wool sponge. If you do this, primers and paints will adhere better to the surface.

How do you prepare stainless steel for painting?

If you want to paint stainless steel, you’ll need high-quality oil-based paint, a primer designed for stainless steel, and a metal wax to protect your finished product. First, lightly scuff the steel’s surface using a sander or a wool sponge. If you do this, primers and paints will adhere better to the surface if you do.

Does acrylic paint work on stainless steel?

Yes! Metal, steel, aluminum, and metal furniture are good candidates for painting with acrylics. If you want your acrylic paint to stay on metal, you’ll need to prime the metal first and seal it after painting. Applying acrylic paint on metal ensures that the color will last for years, whether the paint is on the interior or outside of the object.

Conclusion

So there you have it, now that you know you can indeed paint a range hood, what color will you paint yours? White, brown, black, the options are endless, and the choice is yours.

This article covered whether you can paint stainless steel appliances, whether the paint is best used with stainless steel, and how to paint an old range hood. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • It is possible to paint stainless steel, so you may give your fences a new look or give your appliances a splash of color.
  • The finest paints to use on stainless steel are epoxy and oil-based varieties.
  • It’s a prevalent belief that worn-out range hoods must be changed immediately.

So, do you have a painted range hood? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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