Fan Restoration




Introduction: Fan Restoration

About: I'm a mechanical engineering student at the moment, but would like to have my own company designing and manufacturing more professional and complex DIY kits, anything from musical instruments to tools and ma...

This fan still worked when I found it, but it looked really nasty. I didn't need to refurb it, but I thought it would be a nice first instructable.

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Step 1: Take It Apart

First,  I had to take the base off of it and the blades. The only problem was I couldn't get the blades off. They had rusted onto the shaft of the motor. That meant that I couldn't take out the screws from the motor or clean the blades easily. I wasn't too worried about it because I will be using it as an exhaust fan for another instructable(airbrushing booth).

Step 2: Polishing and Painting

For the actual restoring part you will need:
-Duct Tape(of corse)
- paper towel
- cotton cloth (old t-shirt)
- pocket knife
- small bucket o water
- brillo pad
- metal polish(kerosene works)
-spray paint
Gloves would be a good idea too.

Step 3: Paint the Body Prep

You will want to tape off everything that isn't being painted. i.e. the blades, power info, and the cord. The take a dry brillo pad and lightly scuff the entire surface for the paint to grab onto.

Step 4: Spray Away!

I only put two medium coats of spray paint on and it looked pretty good.

Step 5: Paint the Base Prep and Spray

This was a little more involved, because there was rust. I took off the rubber grommets first with the pocketknife. Then, I had to use the wire wheel on my bench grinder to get all the paint off of it. Then, I sprayed two heavy coats of metallic paint to cover up the little pits. It still looked good.

Step 6: Blade Polishing

For this I brushed the blades with a wet brillo pad, using the built in soap as lubricant to not scratch the surface so bad. Then, I put the cotton wheel on the bench grinder and buffed out the blades. After, I took the metal polish and shined it to a mirror finish. There should be a grey liquidy substance on the metal after applying the metal polish remove that while wet with the cotton cloth.

Step 7: Done!

After assembling it all back together and plugging it into a power source, you're done.

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    3 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    You missed a "t" in the tittle, jsut to let you know.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks a lot. I'm in the process of making the airbrushing booth instructable that I am going to use the fan in.