Are your floor vents old, worn, and rusty? Well, if so, there’s never been an easier way to transform them back to brand new! I’ve been on a mission the past month to repair all the “little things” that drive me mad – like the rusty floor vents that magically appeared one day when I wasn’t looking.
The before and after is astounding!
You know, the one day you decided to really take a good long look at them and you noticed your once brand new floor vents literally look worn and aged. Yep, those. Well, since I like to do things the easy way, I knew I had a brilliant fix for restoring them back to brand new – better than brand new because now, I can choose a color I actually like!
My rusty shower caddy (you must check that out) was the other maddening fix I tackled this month too and super excited it came out perfectly! Give a girl spray paint and watch her rule the world!
I am so pleased with the results, and I know you will be too.
Here’s what one of my bathroom floor vents looked like. Nasty – and not at all what it’s supposed to look like.
The bathroom vents were hit the hardest because of, obviously, water condensation and traffic. When I lifted it, I was even more shocked. I know I just cleaned under there! We had our vents blown out and cleaned not that long ago. Being a clean freak, this freaked me out!
OK, so let’s get to this easy fix! I started by choosing the best spray paint for this particular problem. After asking around, I was told to use this Rust-Oleum 249076 Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Spray Paint. I particularly like it because it has paint and primer in one.
I wanted a different color but not too different, and this color worked out perfectly!
The backside of my floor vent was worse than the front so don’t forget to paint the backside too!
These are the steps I took to restore my floor vents to brand new:
1 – Clean vent with soapy water making sure you get in between all the air vents and moving parts.
2 – With a sanding block or sandpaper, gently sand away any loose paint and rust spots.
I like using the Pro Grade Precision 180 Grit X-Fine Block Sanding Sponge. I use it for all of my furniture restoration as well. You won’t need a higher grit than 180 as you don’t want to remove too much of the finish.
Now that the floor vent is nicely sanded and ready to go, the rest is easy peasy.
3 – Spray paint the backside first and let it dry well. Spray paint tends to dry quickly especially if you do it outdoors.
I did mine outdoors in good weather, and it was dry in under a half-hour.
4 – Once the back is good and dry, paint the front and don’t forget the sides too.
Now, I have kicked up brand new floor vents that are not only super clean but super brand new.
I’m so excited to have new floor vents once again and the fix was super easy and super cheap!
If you have any questions about the process please let me know in the comment section below. I hope you get to transform your floor vents too! We are super happy with the results.
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