Painting a Refrigerator

February 18, 2014

Painting a RefrigeratorMy refrigerator is a silver colour, but it is going to black in spots. So how can I give it a new look?

By Sata



February 20, 20141 found this helpful
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I have a can of "Bar Keepers Friend" It cleans everthing (counter top's, all metal, glass, etc. I take a wet a sponge or rag and pour Dawn and a little of "Bar Keeper's Friend" on it. It does a wonderful job on what you clean. I get this prodouct at "Walmart or Lowes. I hope this helps you.


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February 20, 20140 found this helpful
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Places that paint automotives will also paint refrigerators. I don't know if there is any way to do it yourself and have a durable job. I doubt it.

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August 12, 2009

I want to paint my refrigerator white (it is now almond). Has anyone had success and what type of paint did you use?

By Rose Smith from Malvern, PA


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August 12, 20091 found this helpful

They make a special refrigerator spray paint. You can also use "Hammerite" for a pounded brass, copper or pounded steel look. Be sure to wipe the whole fridge down after you've cleaned it and before you paint it with rubbing alcohol. This removes any oil from your hands and any residue from the cleaner you used.


I've seen it done, it can turn out wonderful! They also make a stick-on laminate/veneer for fridges and cabinets in real (but very thin) stainless, chalkboard & colors. Write me for more info.

August 16, 20091 found this helpful

Look for 'appliance" spray paint at any home or hardware store. I've used it very successfully to get my appliances to match instead of replacing. "Appliance" isn't a brand name, only one of the descriptives on the spray can. It's a little more expensive but creates an enamel finish that is long-lasting and very washable. good luck


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August 17, 20090 found this helpful

I was in WalMart the other day buying paint for a project. A woman was purchasing spray paint to paint her refrigerator. She said she'd painted a refrigerator before will good results using the canned spray paint in WalMart. She was buying the better quality one not the 97 cent can.


Mayble you could spray a place on the back or someplace you can't see to test it out. Just a thought. I would ask someone in one of the better paint stores (like Sherman Williams) to get their thoughts. A company that does this will probably tell to not to; they want the job.

August 17, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks everyone. I did buy Rustoleum paint in a can to use on appliances. I would rather use a roller than spray since I don't want the overspray all over my kitchen. My only concern is the plastic on the water/ice dispenser compartment on the front of the door and on the door handles which is now almond color.


I'm not sure I can remove them to paint properly. I do know they sell paint for plastic. I'm still a bit apprehensive and looking into buying a used white fridge and save the grief. Wouldn't have been so complicated if the fridge did not have the water/ice in the door.

August 17, 20090 found this helpful

Call a company that refinishes appliances. I did. It came out great. I can't remember the cost. It wasn't that much.

September 6, 20110 found this helpful

I also suggest that you purchase paint that is formulated for appliances. Paints like these are designed to hold up to heat and cold without cracking and peeling.


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August 18, 2010

How can I change the color of my fridge?

By joanfry from Annecy, France


August 19, 20100 found this helpful

There are paints especially suited for appliances. You can go to a home improvement store and talk to the clerks. I have seen white fridges painted black or stainless steel color. Good luck.


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August 21, 20100 found this helpful

Just cover it in fridge magnets! ;-)

August 22, 20100 found this helpful

Clean it really well, using dish soap and steel wool. Rinse and dry. Put masking tape over hinges and handle so they don't get painted. Buy a can or 2 of spray enamel in the color of your choice and spray you refridgerator.


I have done this and it works great! It is also cheap.


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August 23, 20100 found this helpful

Bear in mind that any paint you put on will not wear as well as the original finish, unless you have it done in an automotive paint shop.

May 24, 20110 found this helpful

I like the advice and thank you all.
About spraying, what happens to all the 'stuff' surrounding the fridge. Mine is in the middle of the dining room, which is why I want to change the color.
Do I need to worry about the paint mist?
I could not take it outside. I am on the third floor.

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June 25, 2012

Has anyone ever painted a refrigerator? If so, please tell me how you went about it and if the paint has held up.

By Sharon


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June 25, 20120 found this helpful

I think you can buy special paint for appliances. Check with your local home improvment store. They should even be able to give you ideas on how to do it. You can also buy stuff to apply to appliances to give them the look of stainless steel.


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June 26, 20120 found this helpful

I painted a stove years ago by taking it to the auto body shop. I think they charged me $60 and it looked good and lasted well.

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January 5, 2015

I'm wanting to paint my white refrigerator black, what is the best product to use to paint the rubber seal around the doors?

By Tami Y


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January 8, 20150 found this helpful

I would suspect that there is no product that can be used to paint the rubber seal.

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December 8, 2014

My frig is rusting. Can I use a roller to paint this in the house?

By M.K. from Lincoln, RI


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December 9, 20140 found this helpful

If you "fridge" is rusty, you can use Rustoleum paint and yes, you can roll it on if you use a good roller. This site will help.

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September 23, 2013

I need to paint the door on my fridge 410 liters model, frost free Hoover brand. Where I can find someone to spray paint the doors top and bottom, because they have rust. I also need a new rubber seal for the door. My fridge is in good working good, I only need to find who can spray paint the door.


By Ofelia


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September 24, 20130 found this helpful

How about you? Take the door off the hinge, lay it on a protected floor or yard and use either appliance paint, or Krylon or Rustoleum (my personal fav'). It is usually dry in an hour or so and you are set.

If you still want someone else to do it, check out small businesses in your area on Craigslist.

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March 2, 2012

When using an epoxy paint on a refrigerator what kind of roller should I use?

By Peter


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March 3, 20120 found this helpful

Napped. Good on you, too, for refreshing the appliance with paint instead of tossing it because it's not pretty anymoe:)

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July 12, 2011

Is there a way to paint a white refrigerator red?

By Bessie from McComb


July 12, 20110 found this helpful

Sure, just scruff up the old paint,apply a primer coat and then the top coat. If you use a brush there will be brush marks. Maybe a paint roller would work. So you may want to use an aerosol paint can. I would test out your technique on a piece of metal first. Or if you could get the unit to a body shop they could paint the unit for you. A long shot is to look in the yellow pages under painting and call some of them to see if they can steer you in the right dircetion to find someone that does that type of work if you do not want to do it yourself.

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January 16, 2017

Painting a refrigerator with chalkboard paint males a great place to write notes or draw whatever you like. This is a page about painting a refrigerator with chalkboard paint.

A can of black paint.

January 16, 2017

This is a page about painting metal shelves in a refrigerator. Over time the shelves in you fridge can become discolored and unattractive. One way to spruce them up is to paint them.

White metal shelf in a refrigerator.


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