Paint an Old Refrigerator with Appliance Paint
After moving into a rental and seeing a stained and scratched refrigerator I began to wonder how to paint a refrigerator. After asking around I found that refrigerator paint is actually known as appliance paint. Appliance paint is an epoxy based paint that allows you to paint over the appliance and maintain the texture of the appliance if it has texture.
Here is my subject:
Old Refrigerator: Removing the handles
It would be very difficult to do a good job painting the fridge around the handles. It’s not all that obvious how to remove the handles.
First you’ll need to pop the cap up and off. take all 4 caps off, pictures later will demonstrate how this is put together:
Then you’ll need to pry the handle taking care not to bend the metal. Only pull from the top to get started. After that it will give you too much leverage and you will bend it.
You can then take the screws out and remove the handles:
Item’s you’ll need to appliance paint the refrigerator
Screw Driver, Paint brush, Rust-oleum Appliance Epoxy paint, 220 grit sand paper. I also used a rubber mallet and some cardboard (not pictured).
Preparing to paint: Sanding and taping the Refrigerator
I used 220 grit sand paper, and sanded all the surfaces that I planned to paint.
Tape the area’s you don’t want to get paint on(this shot actually after 1st coat applied):
Don’t forget to lay down newspaper or cardboard down to catch stray appliance paint
Paint the old refrigerator with appliance paint
I used a 2 inch paint brush which seemed to be a pretty good size. Be careful to identify any bristles that come off the brush and stay in the paint. While you may see some streaking from your brush strokes, these layer out and will not be seen later. I put a lot of paint on and used long strokes to spread the paint out as evenly as possible.
Let the appliance paint dry for 24 hours. I had the refrigerator turned off for duration of the painting and drying process. After one coat, it looked pretty good, but knowing where the stains and scratches were I could still find them. But to outside observers they didn’t really stand out. Since the painting process was short compared to the prep, I decided to put a second coat on.
I removed the tape while the paint was still wet to make sure the paint did not stick to the tape.
I gave a single coat of paint to the refrigerator door handles:
Screw the door handles back in the same as the reverse, putting the caps in place but leaving them slid out of the way, for tapping in after placing the handle cover back on.
Line up the cover and push it into the track, line up the bottom. After pushing it in as much as I could by hand, I used a rubber mallet and a piece of cardboard to tap it in tightly:
In case you were worried about preservation of the texture I took this picture so you can judge for yourself:
And that’s how to paint an old refrigerator with appliance paint.
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