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How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have an appliance that has scratches and/or rust spots? Unfortunately over time the rust will get worse if you don’t deal with it.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Today I want to show you how to refinish scratched and rusted appliances so you can extend the life of your appliances and make them look almost like new again.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Before you get ready to tackle this project, you’ll need to order spray paint specifically for your appliance. If your brand doesn’t carry a touch up spray paint you can try the universal spray paint by Rustoleum. Or buy the liquid touch up paint and only paint the rust spots.

Be aware that all white paint is not the same color. However,  typically the colors are usually the same within a specific brand. (i.e. All Whirlpool white appliances are painted with the same white.)

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

Instructions:

Begin by sanding any rust spots down to the metal. Sand the entire surface lightly to minimize scratches.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Fold the sandpaper in half to get into grooves and tight spots.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Vacuum up any sanding dust and dirt.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Use a clean damp cloth to wipe any additional dust off your appliance.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

If you can drag your appliance outside, that’s the best way to spray paint it. But, if you can’t, you can mask off an area around your appliance with cardboard and newspaper. You can also use saran wrap to mask off tricky areas.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

If you are working inside, crack a window and open a door. Use a fan to pull air away from your work area. Send the kids and pets outside if you are painting indoors.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Put the respirator mask on. Spray the appliance with the spray paint. Use back and forth strokes that extend off the appliance and onto the masked area. If you stop at the edge you’ll have puddles of paint. A light coat is all you need for your first coat.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Allow the first coat to dry. Repeat with another light coat of spray paint. You will need 3-4 coats.

The appliance spray paint I used had a flat finish and appeared splotchy after several coats. To even the appearance and add a sheen, you should finish with a clear top coat.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

After the spray paint has dried, very lightly sand the whole surface.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Wipe off any sanding dust with a damp rag.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Spray a light coat of Clear finish onto the appliance. Allow it to dry and follow up with 1-2 more coats.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

The final result is a smooth finish that looks almost like new. If you get super close, you can see some imperfections, but the rust has been stopped and the scratches are gone.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have an appliance that needs a facelift? Need to stop the rust? Try this easy tutorial for refinishing rusted and scratched appliances.

How to Refinish Rusted & Scratched Appliances | Pretty Handy Girl

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8 replies
  1. Beverly Davis
    Beverly Davis says:

    Do you employ a different technique if the appliance has a pebbled surface? After going through Hurricane Katrina, I have many rust damaged appliances, but it has been a struggle to replace all the things I lost and appliances are not in the budget yet. Paint would certainly give a psychological boost if nothing else. Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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  2. Becks B.
    Becks B. says:

    Great work! I’d just like to add if the porcelain coating gets a deep chip or crack, you can fill out the area with Milliput which is an epoxy putty. When it hardens completely in a couple hours, you can sand it level with superfine sandpaper and then paint over it. I just fixed a big chip on the edge of my stove top where I banged it with a cast iron skillet. It looks good as new!

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