How to spray paint curtain rods

This guide will teach you the complete method to spray paint curtain rods which newbies think is a very difficult job to do at home by themselves.

This step-by-step guide is tested by my friends who are also professional painters like me.

spraying curtain rods

And after completing the job we analyzed the results and it was quite impressive and gave a soothing effect.

Spray painting curtain rods is one of my favorite budget-saving tricks. I’ve sprayed both metal and wood rods and rings, for a whole new look.

Spray painting rods and rings are so easy, But you have to be a bit methodical about it to avoid drips and over-spraying.

I’ll show you how to spray paint rods in this article.

The easiest way to refresh the look of your windows is to replace your curtain rods. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible.

The reason why you can’t be because the old curtain rods won’t match the new decor scheme.

This blog post can help you figure out ways to give a makeover to those old rods and make them look new again.

Tools we need to do the job

  • Spray paint
  • Curtain rods
  • Drop cloths
  • Masking tape or newspaper
  • Gloves
  • Protective gear
  • Glasses
  • Sandpaper

Prepare the workplace and surface of rods

Find a place outdoors suitable for spray painting. Make sure that it’s well-ventilated, set up everywhere necessary, and have it all ready before you even start painting.

Then, prop up one end of the curtain rod with a sawhorse or other suitable object as you paint it depending on how big your project is – for smaller projects, it’s easier to just hold up one end.

Also, make sure that whatever hole you drill into the wall is able to be patched later as we’re nerds and not professional carpenters.

When primer and paint are necessary, consider using primer and paint made for PVC pipes! If your curtain rod is made from PVC, sand it to scuff the surface thoroughly before painting.

In addition to this, make sure to read the label on the plastic primer and paint you purchase in case you need to put some extra work into prepping it.

Sanding and priming curtain rods

Sanding the surface of curtain rods with smooth sandpaper is the best way to create a flat surface for them.

The sandpaper should be harder than the paint that you are going to use and should be 120 to 150 grit.

The rods should be cleaned properly with a dry cloth until they appear to be smooth.  The sandpaper can be used on the surface of the rods to make the surface completely smooth.

You can use any type of sandpaper to make the surface smooth.

spraying curtain rods surface

You can prime the curtain rod by sanding the entire rod with fine sandpaper and then coat the rod with spray paint primer.

You can also prime the curtain rod by applying a coat of primer to the entire rod and then applying paint. Sanding the rod with fine sandpaper is the best way to prime the curtain rod.

Start spraying curtain rods

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have the right spray paint for the surface you are working on.

Make sure your curtain rod is clean, dry, and free of dirt and dust. Before you spray paint, make sure the surface outside is also clean and free of dust.

Lay out a drop cloth and set up your spray paint area near a vent or open window. This will help alleviate the fumes in the air.

To spray them choose a quality primer spray paint that matches the surface to be covered. A topcoat spray is needed only if the surface has minor scratches or defects.

Mix the two-part paint with equal amounts of each, and then shake or stir them until the two become one. Be sure to observe the label and clean the brushes completely before painting.

Apply on a cool, windy, and dry day. Set up a ladder and hang the curtain rod from one of the hooks and paint until the entire rod is covered.

When you get down from the ladder, hold the rod and pivot it around to cover the other side evenly.

Remove the rod and let it dry for about two hours. After this, hang the rod back up and let it dry for another 48 hours.

Spray the rods with a coat of primer first with the help of a spray gun.

Once it dried. Spray them with your selected paint color and make sure to sand in between the coats of paint.


To spray paint a metal pole, first you need to prepare some things. Prepare one empty tin of spray paint, a spray paint gun, some gloves, mask, a paint brush, a metal pole and so on. 1. Open the tin and use the metal rod to scoop out some of the paint. Put it into the spray gun you have prepared. 2. Use the paint brush on the pole you want to paint and paint the pole with some paint just like the principle of ordinary painting works. 3. After the pole is completely painted with the paint, you need to spray some paint on the pole. Use the spray gun to spray on the pole. Spray on the pole in thin layers until the pole is completely covered with the paint. 4. Install the metal pole in your home as you want.

Spray painting iron shower curtain rods is relatively easy. Iron curtain rods are hollow which make them easy to spray paint. When you spray paint the shower curtain rod, you should do it is outside, wearing a mask and a long sleeve shirt. In the event that you spray paint the shower curtain rods, it will be liquid iron. Iron shavings from the spray paint will get on everything, so it is best to do this on a day that you can clean up the mess. So, don’t wear your favorite clothes and don’t do it on a day that you can’t clean it up. You can spray paint the shower curtain rods by placing the curtain rod on a box or a table. You should put a piece of cardboard on the underneath so that it won’t get wet. It will take quite a few coats to cover the shower curtain rod. The more you do it, the better it will look.

When you spray paint a rusty shower curtain rod, make sure the surface is clean, dry and free from any rust. You may want to sand the rod to make it smooth. You will want to apply two coats of paint to make it look nice. Allow the first coat of paint to dry well before applying the second one. You may want to completely paint the inside of the roller to give it a glossy finish. The outside of the roller can be covered with a plastic bag to prevent the paint from spilling over.

Tension rods are mostly made of metallic components. The metal surface should be painted with a protective coating. A good coating can keep them rust-free for a long period of time. However, painting tension rods is not a difficult task. If you want to paint tension rods then you must follow these steps. Step 1: Start by cleaning the tension rods thoroughly. Step 2: Next you should use a metal degreaser to remove oil, dirt, rust and other stains from the rods. Step 3: After cleaning the rods, apply a primer to the metal surface. Step4: Then after using a brush, cover the metal surface with a finish paint. You can also use a roller to paint tension rods. Step5: Allow 12 hours for drying before using the tension rods.

If you have a spray bottle filled with a mixture of vinegar and water, then you are ready to begin. Make sure that the curtain rod does not have a spray of water with vinegar. If the curtain rod is rusty, then spray it with the vinegar to water mixture. If it isn’t rusty, then spray it with a mixture of salt and water. If your curtain rod is made of metal, then all you have to do is wipe it with a tack cloth and then you can use a spray bottle filled with warm water and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Then, you can use a dry cloth to wipe the cloth dry. Dry it off again and use the spray bottle filled with the vinegar and water mixture to spray it. Then, let it dry again and repeat this over and over until the rust is gone.

Final thoughts on How to spray paint curtain rods

This guide is tried and tested by myself and I have analyzed the best results after following this guide.

I refer to this easy-to-understand step-by-step guide to those amateurs who don’t want to mess up the surface of curtain rods.

This guide will help you to spray paint curtain rods with great satisfactory results.

The curtain rod is a very important part of the curtain. So, it should be chosen with great care. You will have to spend a reasonable amount of money to purchase a good curtain rod.

However, you need to spend on the right brand. You will not get the best curtain rod for your money if you buy the wrong brand. So, you should be very careful about the brand you buy.

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