Old machines are a phenomenal artistic works, provided with the refurbishment if they need it. Here’s how an old Eagle Aire fan has rejuvenated 50 years without losing its « vintage look. »

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I was walking into a flea market when I saw this little fan all yellowed by time. Immediately, I saw it my head; fire truck red and chrome, as the old cars in the 50s. I bought it for $8 !



  • An old fan, or any other vintage object
  • 1 can of « fire truck » red paint
  • 1 can of chrome paint (not silver)
  • Green tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Some time

Step 1: Remove

Take all the parts apart. For mine, I had the chance to only unscrew some screws and that was it!

Note: Try to find the equivalent screws in mint condition, or remove any residual grease on the old.

Step 2: Wash

After taking apart all the parts, you will see that the parts are dirty or greasy. Do not hesitate to dive in warm water with soap and rub it with a soft sponge. If there is glue that won’t come off, use degreaser. Wash all your pieces and dry them up to avoid paint damage.

Step 3: Hide with green tape

Then, you have to hide the parts where you don’t want paint. For mine, these parts are the electrical wire and the chrome base. Take your time, because if they are not well bonded and there is infiltration of paint, it could ruin your project.

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Step 4: Paint

This is the time, get your painting skills and start painting your object. I started with chrome objects (rear engine and grid) and then finished with the red shell of the fan. Do not forget to take your time and give several layers. No need to hurry. The use of an air brush is recommended for this project, but I didn’t have one.


Step 5: Drying

Let your object dry for about 24 hours.

Step 6: Reassemble

This is the long awaited moment, it’s time to reassemble your object! Proceed carefully, and do not hesitate to ask for help to a friend. Breaking or scratching your object could cost it his life. 🙂 No but seriously, be careful.

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And voila! I hope you enjoyed my DIY tutorial. In all, it cost me around $25. Do not hesitate to send me your creations by email at or to post a comment.

Thank you and see you soon!

Jeremy Goulet 16 years old, Quebec city, Canada



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