You can paint stainless steel that is used near heat with special
paint (appliance epoxy) but it may require you removing the hood and
taking it to a paint shop. They have the correct spraying equipment
to achieve an even finish although I did find a forum (see below)
where some people painted their own range hoods.
I located some references to your query at Bob Vila's message forum at
http://www.bobvila.com/wwwboard/archive/1999/06/28/ and a few other
spots - I used "painting an oven" and other variations as search
phrases because it's a metal appliance that will experience heat --
more, probably, than an oven hood but it got me to the general
"This is a job for the pros. The pros have access to some paints that
you cannot find at the local home center. They also have electrostatic
spray equipment, which you probably don't have and can't normally
rent. Epoxy paint is the best choice but it almost has to be sprayed
and without the electrostatic sprayer, you will have big problems with
overspray. Don't even think of doing it with a brush."
"...have it sprayed at an autobody shop."
Painting a stove hood vent
"If you are forced to paint it, most importantly it will have to be
very clean. No paint will stick to a greasy surface. After cleaning
spray it with a high quality metal primer, sand it with some steel
wool. If need be, you may want to prime it again. Then spray it with a
finish coat - oil base, not latex. A few light coats are better that
one heavy coat."
"I painted my mom's vent. As the previous post mentioned, you have to
be super good about getting every bit of grease and debris off of it
or the primer paint won't stick. You also have to remove every bit of
existing paint and that is hard if any grease is on it because the
sandpaper gets clogged. I spent days doing just that work. However,
after priming it, I was able to pull it all together."
"The range hood can be refurbished in many cases. In mine, the rust at
the vent area was too great, so I decided to replace the whole unit.
My new range hood is a different size, but the new fan is much
quieter. If you decide to take on a range hood refurb project, plan on
some serious prep time. You'll likely require a bit of sand/media
blasting and a lot of patience doing the final painting."
"I had an old gas stove I wanted to paint. I started asking around
about painting appliances. Autobody shops will occasionally consider
doing this type of thing. You can do almost as good with a good can of
spray paint. Do lots of light coats rather than one or two heavy
coats. I've done a dishwasher and a range hood this way. No problem.
But with a stove you will have a problem, and that is because of the
heat that the surface has to withstand."
"If you check the yellow pages you'll probably find someone who does
There's a short forum discussion on painting a range hood at
Faux finish range hood painting
This next is a bit off-topic: it concerns painting and then partially
tiling a kitchen hood but I thought you might find it interesting:
I finally found a brief do-it-yourself project sheet "Update your
range hood" at http://www.paintideas.com/print.asp?ProjId=548 It
tells the products you need and the paint type for the hood.
Painting a range hood appears to be an involved project but with a bit
of sanding and pre-painting prep, it appears that it may be easily
painted by a home owner or by professionals.
Should you require any clarification of the links or information I
have provided, please request it and I will be happy to respond.
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