How to paint a refrigerator

Maybe you want to change the color of your existing refrigerator to match the rest of your kitchen better. Or, maybe you recently purchased a refrigerator and it doesn’t match your stove. But whatever the case may be, you can easily paint your refrigerator by using some special paint and a little know-how. It doesn’t matter if your refrigerator is white, Harvest Gold, Avocado Green, or if it has a stainless steel surface, it can be painted.

First off, you won’t need to paint the back of your appliance. You will only need to paint the front, the top, and the sides. The back is painted black by the manufacturer, so it rarely ever needs to be repainted. (Refrigerators are painted black on the back side because that certain color helps the coils to radiate heat. Thus, the coils are able to do their job better.) And, if your refrigerator is built into a wall or cabinet, you may only need to paint the front if the sides don’t show.

In order to start this project, you will first need to decide what color you want your refrigerator to become. Then, go to your local home supply store and purchase paint that is specially formulated to be used on appliances. You need to purchase appliance paint because it is designed to hold up to heat and cold without cracking and peeling. This type of paint comes in either a spray type, or in a can that you use a brush to apply it with.

The next step is to clean the outside of your refrigerator, at least the surfaces that you are going to paint. The surfaces must be cleaned of dust, dirt, smoke, grease, food stains, et cetera, in order for the paint to adhere to the surface properly. You can use some old rags and a spray bottle of window cleaner to complete this job.

Now, before you apply the paint, you will need to inspect the surfaces of your appliance to see if there are any nicks, scratches, or spots of rust. If you find any of these, you will need to lightly sand them with fine sandpaper in order to roughen them up. Be careful not to sand off the paint around the nicks, scratches, or rust. Then, wipe off the dust from the sandpaper with a clean damp rag.

The next step is to use painter’s masking tape to cover up the handles on the refrigerator. (Regular masking tape is much stickier, and therefore it is much more difficult to remove after a paint job. That’s why it’s best to use the special masking tape for this project.) Carefully tape off any chrome trim and any brand name emblems on your appliance too. Use painter’s masking tape to cover up the rubber seals on the outside – all along with the door, on the top, on the bottom, and on the sides.

Carefully apply some strips of the tape to the edge of the back of the refrigerator too. This is so when you are painting the sides, the paint won’t overspray or otherwise get spattered onto the coils. And, finally, mask off the front bottom panel so the paint won’t get into the workings underneath your refrigerator.

You are now ready to begin painting your appliance. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the paint can to ensure a quality application. You may have to spray or brush on a second coat of paint after the first coat dries completely, depending on the present color of your refrigerator and how well the first coat covers.

After the paint is dry, all you will need to do is to remove the painter’s masking tape, and this project is finished.

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