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How To Paint a Range Hood | 5 Easy Peasy Steps

If you say, 'can I paint my range hood?' We'd say definitely you can. Yes, it may seem a bit hard sometimes, but who says going hard is the only option, right? There's no need for you to hire some painter to do the job for you. It will just waste your money.

How about we show you how to paint a range hood and you do the job all by yourself? Want to give it a shot?

Let's get to it.

Here, we will walk you through the step-by-step and thorough process, from cleaning the range hood to drying your project area after you are done.

Let's proceed!

Step 1: Cleaning the Range Hood

Firstly, it is necessary to clean all the grease, dirt, or other pollutants from your hood to paint the hood easily. This will ensure smoother cleaning of the hood.

It is recommended to make a mixture of soap and water. Then, try using a sponge to repeatedly swipe the hood and clean off the dirt. You can also use a piece of cloth, but sponges have a better texture which helps to suck away the dirt and grease easily.

Afterward, use a slightly wet piece of cloth to clean off the soap water and let it be.

Step 2: Preparation and Sanding

Secondly, sanding has to be done to prepare the surface of the hood for painting. Make sure to remove all rusty spots or other spots that are on the hood.

During sanding, make sure to cover walls, ceilings, and the stove area with a painter's plastic sheet to protect the fixtures from sanding pollutants. 

It is recommended that you use 150-grit sandpaper to carry out this process. Sanding also helps prevent any future oxidation.

Go gentle with the sandpaper to not cause any scratches on the steel, and use a sponge or soft cloth to wipe off the sand dust.

Step 3: Applying Metal Primer

For this process, you will need to get a good adhesion metal primer. Firstly, by holding the primer about 12 to 16 inches from the hood, apply 2 to 3 thin coats of primer and let it dry.

Now again, for making the surface more paint suitable, use 220-grit sandpaper to sand away any primer clots, but do not be too rough that the primer gets removed.

Step 4: Painting Hood with Spray Can

Even though you can use paintbrushes or paint rollers to carry out this procedure, it is highly recommended to use a spray can for a smoother finish.

Use painter's tape to cover all the edges of the hood. With side-to-side stroking, spray the paint all around the hood but do it from a distance of about 12 to 16 inches away. 2 or 3 thin coats would be enough.

If you wish to add more coating, wait for 15 minutes between each coat for the hood to dry. Try avoiding painting inside the hood.

Step 5: Sealing the Painted Hood

Get a sealant and apply two thin coats of the sealant on the hood with a roller to avoid any sort of rusting of the hood and to keep the paint intact and fresh.

This will mark the end of the painting process.

Step 6: Drying the Hood Project

Lastly, after all the prior tasks are done, take the painter's tape and plastic sheets from wherever you used them.

Finally, turn on the circuit breaker of your hood and let the paint fry for no less than 24 to 48 hours.

Try avoiding any sort of cooking purposes while the paint is fresh because the splatter or any paint dripping and mixing with the steam might lead to accidents or damage of work.

Painting Your Range Hood

Points To Consider Before Painting Hood

  • Make sure that the hood is not connected to any power units or outlets for safety from any electrical accident.
  • Make sure that you carry out the painting in an open space where there is enough air. Use fans or keep your windows or doors open when you paint the hood.
  • Make sure that you are using heat-resistant appliance paint.
  • Make sure to use ladders or tall stools that can help you stand when you try to reach the hood, you do not want to hurt your muscles in this process.

Final Thoughts

Wanting your kitchen to have a fresh and vibrant look is only natural when you love cooking and care about your house décor. And since now you know how to paint a range hood, the task just gets easier.

So, wait no more and grab all the necessary tools to get started on coloring your range hood all by yourself! But, do remember to keep all the safety precautions in mind.

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