Most any amateur knows the basics of painting drywall. Unfortunately, if you attempt to paint an air return grille using these techniques, flaking and peeling will ultimately result. Air return grilles are metallic, a characteristic that leaves them less suited for paint than porous drywall. Condition the grilles with a special etching primer, formulated with an acid base. Once the return grilles are primed, they will accept paint. Finish the grilles using the appropriate application technique, or the paint may sag.
Things You'll Need
- Water-based degreaser
- Coarse sponge
- Drop cloth
- Metal etching spray primer
- Gloss latex spray paint or enamel
Remove the air return grille, using a screwdriver.
Wash the grille with a degreasing soap, using a sponge. Rinse the grille with wet rags and dry it with a towel.
Place the grille on a fabric drop cloth.
Coat the air return grille with etching spray primer. Maintain 8 inches between the grille and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the grille to dry for two hours.
Coat the air return grille with spray paint or enamel. Maintain 8 inches between the grille and spray nozzle as you apply. Allow the grille to dry for two hours.