Have you all heard of Rustoleum’s appliance epoxy paint? I was skeptical and didn’t really believe the finish would look like the original factory finish. I kept imagining this would end up looking like I painted it and I wasn’t convinced the finish would feel right to the touch. I couldn’t stand the yellowing appearance of a few of my appliances anymore so I decided it was time to either buy new ones or paint the refrigerator and the stove hood.
My refrigerator isn’t terribly old and the style doesn’t look out dated so you can imagine my annoyance when the refrigerator started looking yellow compared to the stove and dishwasher since the refrigerator is only one year older then the other appliances. I wash all my appliance down weekly with different cleaning products, hot water and dish soap, mr clean sponge, clorox wipes etc. Nothing I did would get the refrigerator to go back to being bright white. Since I am not about to throw out a perfectly good appliance I decided to buy a quart of Rustolem’s Appliance Epoxy Paint and give it a try.
Supplies I used:
Rustoleum Appliance paint in white
1 – 6″ foam roller
1 – foam brush
I washed the fridge down with hot water and dish soap. I used a copper scrub pad on the handles (don’t use this on metal surfaces it will scratch the finish of your appliance, trust me! But it works really well on non metal surfaces like the handles). After the fridge dried I taped off the handles (I removed the silver GE tag from the fridge, you can just pop those off). You can take the handles off, on mine you just push the handle up and it comes right off, but I wasn’t sure if I would scratch the finish when putting them back on so I opted to tape the handles off instead. I started out using the brush around the handles then I used the roller on the rest of the fridge. The roller caused little air bubbles here and there on the finish I wasn’t sure if those would disappear so I used the brush to smooth those out. This project took less then an hour including washing the fridge.
The instructions say to wait an hour between painting additional coats but it still felt tacky to me an hour later so I opted to let it dry over night then added the second coat the next morning. My stove hood had also yellowed over the years. I assume this hood is original to the house, it still works and I’d rather put money towards other things in my kitchen renovation instead of buying a new hood so I chose to paint the hood as well. Same process as above.
One thing I loved about this project was the instant gratification of seeing a yellowing fridge turn bright white (that is the number one reason why I love painting walls too). The end result does not look painted, it looks like the original factory finish, same glossy shine, same silky feeling. I couldn’t be happier with the way this product worked. I was so excited I felt like going around to all my neighbors offering to paint their appliances! There is no excuse to have ugly appliances anymore people! So if you’re fridge won’t get super white after washing it or you want to change the color, give this a shot I bet you will love the way your appliances turn out! This Rustoleum epoxy paint comes in black and beige as well. You can get it in a quart of paint or in spray paint. I went with the quart of paint since I prefer to hand paint then spray paint. I’m off to see who I can convince to let me paint their appliances! If you see my standing on a corner with a sign that says “Let me paint your appliances” honk your car horn! Have you used appliance paint or are you planning on painting an appliance? If so I’d love to see your projects!
You can see more of my kitchen renovation here