I’m in love with the cast grille we found…
… But it needed some work before the install. It’s going in the wall between the hall and the air handler unit in the little bedroom as a return grill. It’s copper plated and we considered trying to restore the finish but in the end decided to paint to match the light fixtures. First I sanded and cleaned it, then used a spray metal primer. Technically the operable louvers should detach from the decorative grille but the screws refused to budge. This made the painting steps more difficult but not impossible.
Once the primer dried I moved to the basement workshop. Here’s the back with the adjustable louvers, which we wanted to be flat black (to prevent seeing anything behind the open decorative grille once installed). This step was the hardest because the louvers only turn 90 degrees and spray paint cans don’t like being turned at crazy angles.
This needs 1 more coat of bronze and probably some minor touchups on the black louvers with a brush, prior to installation.