When it has finally become an official eyesore, it is time to learn how to paint a refrigerator. Painting your old refrigerator will give it a fresh new look, restore its beauty, and save you money on a replacement. You can choose any color paint or get creative and paint a design on your refrigerator.
To paint a refrigerator, you will need:
- Appliance paint
- Degreasing detergent
- Painters tape
- Plastic sheeting
- Unplug the refrigerator. Move the refrigerator to an open area that is well ventilated with enough room for you to access every side. Cover the floor and work area with plastic sheeting or painter’s drop cloth.
- Clean the refrigerator. Wash the entire refrigerator with liquid degreasing dish detergent mixed with hot water and a sponge. All greasy spots or fingerprints must be removed to get the proper adherence of the paint. Rinse well and dry.
- Protect the handles from paint. Cover all chrome or decorative handles, hinges, or trim with painters tape to keep the paint off. Handles and trims can be removed from the refrigerator to protect it from paint. Use care not to scratch the surface of the refrigerator when removing or replacing handles and trim pieces.
- Apply the paint to the refrigerator. Carefully read the label on the paint can before using. Follow the direction for application, coats, and drying time. When the refrigerator is painted, allow enough time for the paint to dry completely before removing the painters tape or reinstalling the handle and trim. Move the refrigerator back into place and plug it into the socket.
Tips/Warnings: Properly ventilate the room during painting and make certain there is no open flame nearby When selecting appliance paint, read the label to be sure it is the proper type of paint for your painting project. Empty the refrigerator before painting. This is also the perfect time to clean the inside of the refrigerator. Do not paint over rust. If rust is present use a wire brush or metal scraper to remove rust then apply a coat of rust inhibitor.