Cleaning vents on wall heater


My two-sided wall heater 's vents are dirty and some have lost paint. They look terrible. For years I have been resolving to Do Something About It. I even bought a spray can appropriate for a heat-emitting device.
But I need to clean the vents before spraying over.
Somebody suggested I take down both vent covers and do it out in the yard. Not being very handy, I sorta balked. Still open to the idea faut de mieux, but would rather not have the hassle.
Any suggestions for cleaning in situ?
TIA
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On Apr 11, 10:19 am, Aspasia wrote:

sorry, but you will need to remove those darn vent covers, clean them up a bit, and take them outside to paint. are they held in by screws, or? I would only paint the fronts, who's gonna pull them off to look at the backs!!! Try spraying them down with a "windex" type cleaner, let them soak abit and hosing them off, not much back breaking effort there[!] let them dry and paint!! Good Luck, Rose
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On Sat, 19 Apr 2008 09:53:56 -0700 (PDT), Rose

I agree. And if you really want to look exceptional, remove all the old paint, spray prime and spray paint. Paint strippers that work well require proper ventilation and rubber-glove skin protection. The best paint jobs are well prepared. You might consider taking the cover to an auto body place to get an estimate.
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