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Painting aluminum venetian blinds in a few easy steps

All the colors of the rainbow …

Painting aluminum Venetian blinds can be fun and rewarding, especially when you take a step back and look at what you’ve done. You can add a little sun, some rainbow colors, and the infinity of the sea and sky simply by changing the color of your aluminum venetian blinds in a few easy steps. When you chose this type of window treatment, you probably went for its durability and easy maintenance. However, as is often the case, people tend to get bored of looking at the same scene from the window over and over again. It’s probably the right time to start a remodel project that includes repainting your aluminum venetian blinds, which is a cheaper option than buying new ones. Since you are probably looking for an inexpensive solution, here are some tips for painting aluminum Venetian blinds in a few easy steps.

If you have decided to paint your metal venetian blinds, this is what you should do.

1. The first thing to do is remove the blinds. Don’t worry, it is not as difficult as it may seem at first. Simply use a screwdriver to remove the end caps from the bottom of the blinds. Then untie the rope connecting the blinds and remove the slats. If you have previously installed your Venetians, this should be a piece of cake for you. On the other hand, if everything seems complicated or you’re just not that crafty, simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions that you received when you purchased the blinds, or ultimately, have someone help you.

2. The next step is to clean the blinds. Your aluminum venetians must be cleaned properly and all dust, dirt and debris must be removed properly as the paint needs to be applied only on clean and smooth surfaces, otherwise your paint job will be hampered and you might face some inconsistencies . Cleaning aluminum blinds is very easy. For a more thorough cleaning, you can immerse them in water (bathtub, for example), wash them with a mild soap or detergent and rinse them with a shower. You can also use a cloth or sponge and a bucket of clean cold water. Simply add a little soap to the cloth, apply to each slat, and rinse with another clean, damp cloth. That’s it. Note that your blinds need to be completely dry before adding paint, so use a dry towel to collect the remaining water or better yet leave them outside to dry.

3. Now let’s move on to painting your aluminum venetian blinds. It is best done outdoors as it involves the use of spray paint that could spray and damage surrounding objects. If you decide to paint the blinds inside, always take some precautions, that is, adequately protect your floors, walls and furniture. Before adding the paint, you will need to add an adhesive primer. The specially designed primer for metal will allow the paint to adhere to the surface of the metal shutter and also cover existing stains. Apply the primer to each slat of the blind and be sure to cover the entire surface equally. The primer should be allowed to dry (about an hour) when you can apply it to the other side of the shade.

4. When the primer is completely dry, you can start painting your aluminum venetian blinds. Choose spray paint for metal surfaces. You should add the paint in more than one coat to get the intensity of color you probably want and to prevent the paint from peeling or fading over time. Add two to three coats of paint to each slat and allow them to dry (again for an optimal hour, but this may depend on the paint). Repeat the process on the other side of the shade. When the paint is dry, you can reassemble and attach your Venetians. Consider your work done.

Always keep in mind that you are not limited by using only one color for the blinds. You could mix colors, make some patterns, paint each ribbon a different color. It is completely up to you. However, if you think painting your metal blinds is a tedious and boring job, you can always get the real deal, namely some new, colorful aluminum blinds in a wide variety of colors.

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