How to Paint a Brass Ceiling Fan

By Lisa East Hunter ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint

Nothing will make your house look dated quicker than old brass lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. If you have priced ceiling fans lately you know that they can cost hundreds of dollars. You might have also discovered that ceiling fans come in different sizes and replacing yours might mean that you have to patch the space left behind when the old one is removed. A can of paint costs from $5 to $6 and you won't have to repair your ceiling after you are done refinishing your brass ceiling fan.

Take down the ceiling fan and move it onto a drop cloth outside. Spray paint travels. If you choose to use spray paint inside your home, you do so at the risk of getting paint on every surface in the room.

Clean the brass ceiling fan thoroughly using a degreasing cleaner. Grease and grime left on the surface of the ceiling fan will not allow the primer to adhere. Remove fan blades. Tape off any parts of the fan that you do not wish to paint.

Spray on primer with an even back and forth motion, slightly overlapping at each pass. Apply 2 thin coats and allow to dry between coats. Krylon makes a good primer for this application.

Use a spray paint designed for metal. Apply paint in a thin, even coat. Allow paint to dry according to manufacturers directions, usually 30 to 60 minutes. Apply a second coat. Spray paint comes in a variety of finishes, including products that mimic the look of iron and other metals.

Replace fan blades and rehang your newly painted ceiling fan.


Fan blades can be replaced through your local home improvement store. Take an old one with you when you go to verify size. Fan blades can also be painted using the same technique outlined here.

About the Author

Lisa East Hunter is a consultant and freelance writer in Phoenix. Her background in marketing and technology led her to explore all avenues of writing. She is currently dividing her time between freelance writing and her consulting business. Hunter has a Bachelor of Science in management information systems and marketing.