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How to spray paint your fridge

or spray paint a washing machine, a tumble dryer, a dishwasher ... In fact, with Rust-Oleum you can spray almost anything!


With so much emphasis being placed on recycle, reuse and restore, giving your fridge or freezer a makeover is just one of the ways to extend its life so that it doesn't end up on the rubbish dump.

The Rust-Oleum range of spray paints includes Appliance Epoxy for appliances, High-Temperature spray for oven exteriors and braais, spray Gloss Enamel and Universal metallics.


Choose your finish from the Rust-Oleum range of spray paints.

Spray the inside with Rust-Oleum Protective Gloss Enamel and the outside with Appliance Epoxy.






Take the appliance outdoors.

Before you start you need to give the appliance a good scrub. You can use Sugar Soap or any heavy degreaser to remove all traces of dirt and grime.

If there are scratches or rust at the bottom, begin with 120-grit sandpaper and finish off with 220-grit sandpaper.

  • Use a vacuum cleaner at the back of the unit where it tends to collect a lot of dust.
  • It is best to do the spray painting outdoors and be sure to choose a day when it is not too windy.
  • Put down a drop cloth or sheets of newspaper and then place individual shelves and trays on this for painting.
  • If you can't remove the handles, cover them with masking tape.
  • It is important to only apply a light coat of paint at a time - you can always touch up any missed areas when you apply the second coat. Apply the second coat of spray once the first coat has completely dried, and once both coats are applied let it dry before turning over to spray the other side.
  • Lightly sand the exterior finish with 220-grit sandpaper. A Random Orbit Sander is the best way to do this for an even finish.
  • When spraying the refrigerator, again only spray light even coats over the surfaces. Starting at the top or bottom, spray from left to right from a distance of 30 centimetres away from the surface.

Shake the can well before use to ensure that the contents are well mixed.

Light, even coats are important. If you stand too close or spray too much you will end up with runs and drips.

Protective Gloss Enamel offers protection against rust. For heavily rusted surfaces, apply Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer.

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