How (and When) to Paint an Appliance

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If you have mismatched appliances (or ones that have seen better days), you might be considering replacing them. New appliances are a big investment, though, especially if you have more than one to be replaced. There’s a more cost-effective way to breathe some new life into your shabby appliances and stretch your budget for a few more years: In some cases, you can actually paint them.

Keep in mind that you should only paint your appliances if they’re in good working order and the wear they exhibit is cosmetic; painting appliances you’ll need to replace within a year probably isn’t a good investment. But if you have a mismatched set of appliances, if you’re redoing some other aspects of your kitchen and you want your old appliances to match, or if you just want to freshen up your kitchen, painting your appliances can be a good option—and you can cover up scratches or scuffs if you prep the surfaces properly. If there are dents or larger imperfections, painting might not be wise until you can get the damage repaired, as these repairs may dislodge some paint.


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How to prepare an appliance to be painted

Begin by cleaning the surface you want to paint with warm, soapy water to get rid of any grease or dirt. Remove handles and knobs where possible. Then, sand the entire surface of your appliance with 180 grit sandpaper. This step will rough up the surface and give the new paint something to hold onto. Make sure to get into crevices and corners so the new coat of paint will go on evenly. Use a vacuum next to get all of the dust from sanding cleaned off of the surface, and follow that up with a damp microfiber cloth to get all of the tiny particles, even the ones you can’t see. Once the surface is clean, you should mask off any handles, hardware, and labels that you don’t want to paint using masking tape. Don’t forget the important parts like hinges because if those get paint in them, they might not work well afterward. Also remember to put some tape or an unused screw in any screw voids from handles or knobs so you don’t get paint in the threads, making it more difficult to replace your hardware later.

Because most appliances are made from either metal or plastic, you should first choose a primer that’s designed to bond to the surface you plant to paint. For metal, marine primer for above the waterline applications is a good choice, or a primer that’s meant for aluminum or other galvanized metal if your surface is aluminum. For appliances with plastic panels instead of metal, you can use a plastic primer. This type of primer is often sold as a specialty product for lawn and garden furniture, but it will work on indoor plastic as well. For high-heat surfaces, like an oven, you should opt for a heat-resistant primer.

You can brush or spray your primer on and allow it to dry. Once it’s dry, you can choose to sand once more and do another coat if the previous color is showing through or if there are minor imperfections you want to cover over.

How to paint an appliance

The simplest paint to use on appliances is enamel. Acrylic enamel is a good option because of its low fumes and easy cleanup, but there are also spray-on options available. For high-heat application, you can opt for oven paint that’s rated for extreme temperatures.

To apply your top coat, make sure that your primed surface is fully dry and clean. While most paint should be applied in a well-ventilated area, you should avoid applying paint anywhere where there could be gusts of wind or debris that can fall onto the surface. Because you want the finish to be completely clear of blemishes, make sure you follow all of the manufacturer specs involving the temperature at which your paint can be applied as well as any instructions on how long the paint needs to dry.

Once the paint is completely dry, at least 24 hours after paint is applied, you can reattach all of your hardware and remove any masking tape. Make sure to avoid using sharp tools on the painted surface to avoid scratching it. Then, your refinished appliance is ready to use.

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