I know it’s been a while, which is why my first blog post back is all about spray painting my Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer flat black. I have wanted a flat black Kitchen Aid Mixer for some time now and couldn’t justify throwing this one out just because I didn’t like the color. So I felt like this was the perfect solution to achieve the Kitchen Aid Mixer of my dreams.
I have had this idea for quite some time, but I was hesitant to pull the spray painting trigger in fear of this project not working out; if you follow me on Instagram, you will know the hassle I originally had with this project.
However, knowing what I know now, and experiencing this DIY project three times, I can now confidently say that I would do this project again in a heartbeat!
Preparing Your Mixer
I began preparing my Kitchen Aid Mixer by taping off the areas I did not want spray paint to adhere to. However, many of the parts can actually be removed. I.e., the silver band, the attachment knob, middle bowl support hook. You will remove these parts with a Phillips screwdriver and tape the remaining parts with painter’s tape. You will want to make sure to cover the fan vents in the back as much as possible so that way your mixer will run after painting.
Because I had a horrible experience with Appliance Epoxy and had to strip my standing mixer not once but twice, I found that using a metal stripping brush roughed up the factory coating on my standing mixer far better than my 80 grit sanding block I used in the first place.
Once I finished, I wiped my mixer down with hot water and a mild dish detergent. I allowed that to dry and then I proceeded to spray paint.
Prime and Paint
Due to the Appliance Epoxy fiasco, I had a different path than I originally intended. However, if I could have I would have primed my mixer with an enamel primer. You will want to raise your mixer off the ground so that you can cover all areas of your Kitchen Mixer while you spray paint.
Next, I would have gone in with a spray paint color of my choice. I absolutely love the Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint* because of the spray application. This spray paint really allows for you to get every nook and cranny for an even application. You will want to apply thin coats, making sure to begin spraying off the mixer and continue to spray until you are off the mixer on the opposite side. You will want to take your time with this step.
Seal the Kitchen Aid Mixer
Once my paint had dried it was time to seal my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I can not stress this enough, the more coats the better!
I really wanted to have my Kitchen Aid Mixer be as flat as possible, so I used the Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover spray paint. I applied so many coats that I’m sure my neighbors thought I was nuts, but I wanted to ensure that my mixer was going to be able to stay intact and away from chips and dents.
After spray painting the matte clear coat, I allowed my Kitchen Aid Mixer to sit undisturbed for two weeks. It wasn’t until after the two weeks has passed that I then added the parts I disassembled at the beginning back onto the Kitchen Aid Mixer. When you first start your Kitchen Aid Mixer, you will want to put a tack cloth underneath to catch any debris that falls from the gearcase.
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