DIY: How To Paint AC Register Air Vents, Fast Restore Tips

DIY: How To Paint AC Register Air Vents, Fast Restore Tips


– Stop right there, do not even think about going to buy a new
one of these in the store, until you watch this video ’cause we’re gonna show
you today how you can avoid having to go buy new air
conditioner registers, and how to restore these
to look brand spanking new. ♪ You’re Mr. Right ♪ ♪ You’re Mr. Right ♪ ♪ Too good to be true ♪ ♪ You’re Mr. Right ♪ Hey everybody, Jeff here, and
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time we put up a new video. Okay? And then if you have any questions at all leave them down in the comments and we’ll answer them for you. Let’s get started with today’s project. Alright, so here’s the air
conditioner registers here, lined up on the floor,
and what we’re going to do is spray paint them with the sprayer. And that’s really the most
efficient way to do this. You can also, you wanna spray
them with primer first as well or use a paint that has primer in it. And here you can see we got the screws. Just got ’em stuck in a wood block to hold them upright so we can paint them. That was, what, about 10 seconds. You can see how they’re
already nice and white, they were silver before and they’re nice and
perfect white right now. Now you may have seen us do this in one of our previous videos, where we showed you this
little painter’s trick that we’ve used for years now where we nail a piece of wood
to the top of these two doors, holds them at a 90 degree angle, so that you can walk around them and just very rapidly
paint them with a sprayer. So, since we have the concrete floor here we’re gonna do all of
this at the same time with the air conditioner registers there and the wire shelves over here. And we’ll also spray paint
some of these doors in place. It’s a little bit trickier, you have to use these larger
shields that we’ve got here. But in the long run it’s a lot
quicker than rolling a door. And rolling it, you usually
have to do several coats. Alright, so now for this last of the air conditioner registers, here. What we’re going to do is do
it a different method here, to show you in case you don’t
have the big paint sprayer, this is the other method that I use when we don’t have the sprayer around. I usually go to the hardware store and I’ll buy a can of spray
primer or spray paint, two different cans so
you spray prime it first and then you spray the paint
after the primer’s dry. This is a newer one that I’m trying now that’s got the paint and
the primer built into it, so we’re gonna see if we can’t do it in one step instead of two. I’ve already been shaking it up so it’s pretty much ready to go. So, what we do is we just give it a nice sweeping motion back and forth. You don’t get too close to it, otherwise you can make it
get too wet and make it run. You just wanna put a gentle coat on it and once that coat sets up,
maybe in about an hour or so, you can come by and put a second coat on. So, here we go. And by the way, this stuff really puts
out a nice little fog, so make sure you’re
not within several feet of anything else, we’re in
an empty room right now. Here we go. So, there you go that’s
just from 10 seconds of work and you can see it already
looks a lot better. So, then you just walk away
from it, don’t touch it, don’t do anything, and let it dry, and you can come back and
hit it with a second coat. And you can see I also got
the screws at the same time, I’m gonna give them a little bit more. That way the screws
will be nice and white, so we’ll come back and hit it again. Okay, it’s nice and dry, so
I’ve rotated it 90 degrees to make sure I can get some
of the other directions too. We’re just gonna spray that, here we go. That’s it, that’s all there is to it. So, once this dries to the touch, probably about an hour or two, depending on how cold we make the AC, we should be nice and
perfect, ready to go. Here’s what the big one looks
like after we painted it, look how it looks brand
spankin’ new, doesn’t it? We didn’t have to go and spend any money and one like this would have been about 30 or $40 at Home Depot. And I don’t even think
they carry this size here. So a lot of times the old condo’s
that we end up working on, you can’t find the sizes
that they have in there. So, you can see we even painted the screws so this looks brand new and let’s get this mounted up on the wall. Okay, so there we are,
there’s the AC register put back up on the wall here. Tell me that this doesn’t
look a whole lot better here. If we kinda pan out a little and see how it looks compared to
the whole rest of the wall, this white just goes really nice with this earth tone colored paint here. It certainly looks a lot better than that yucky, silver
color that this was before. Plus, it had years of stains
from moisture dripping down and dust and dirt, and all that. It looks a million percent
better, it looks brand new, and you didn’t have to go– (upbeat electro music) ♪ You’re Mr. Right ♪ ♪ You’re Mr. Right ♪ ♪ Too good to be true ♪ ♪ You’re Mr. Right ♪ ♪ You’re Mr. ♪

6 Comments

  • jeffostroff says:

    What tricks do you use when painting AC registers? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Herb Nomura says:

    Should the vents be wire brushed and/or sanded first, and if so, using what?

  • Cat C says:

    My air return grilles previously painted by home owners. Couldn't find my size in stores, so bought a can of spray paint. Didnt get primer, so hopefully this works! Thanks for reminding me about the screws!

  • Cat C says:

    I got the same spray paint can, rust-oleum, can't remember if paint & primer, hope it is!

  • Nyck461 says:

    You showed the easy part that is "Spray Paint". You did not showed how to remove the old tick paint and also rusted areas from this old vent. Normally old vents has rust and sometimes too much paint from previous painted houses. Can you show the removal process?

  • Nyck461 says:

    Mine was from a house from 1971 and the dimensions are no longer available. I had all old paint removed with paint stripper and the after cleaned completely I apply a coat of primer and then paint. It got like new.

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