How to Use Appliance Paint

Beth Asaff
kitchen appliances
Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Taking the time to learn how to use appliance paint will help save costs when updating or repairing appliances in the kitchen. With the proper preparation and materials, any homeowner can tackle this easy do-it-yourself project with satisfying results.

Using Appliance Paint

Make the preparations and follow the steps that are needed prior to applying paint to appliances. Even with the right appliance paint, if the surface isn't prepared properly the desired result will not be achieved. Clean the appliance thoroughly of all grease and other dirt. Read the instructions on how to use appliance paint for the recommended cleaning methods; in most cases soapy water and a sponge will suffice. After washing, the entire surface to be painted needs to dry completely.

If the appliance is showing any signs of rust, apply a product to prevent the spread of rust and further deterioration before the appliance is painted. The application of a rust protection product will increase the longevity and wear of the appliance. For older appliances, this step can be added as a precautionary measure even if no signs of rust are present.

Good ventilation is needed when using appliance paint. If it is not possible to paint outside, open windows and doors to let fresh air circulate in the painting area.

Choosing Paint

In addition to regular or heat-resistant appliance paint, the other choices available are brush-on paint and spray paint. Make your decision based on personal preference and the size of the surface that is to be painted. Spray paint goes on much easier and faster with no roller marks and is an excellent choice if you are painting the entire appliance. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to tape off and protect the walls, floor and cabinets near by to protect them from stray paint.

Using a can of paint with a brush is best for small scratches or dents. Use auto body filler and a putty knife to fill in any dents before you paint. Smooth this on, scraping down the edges so they lay flush with the rest of the appliance, and allow the filler to dry before applying the paint.

Keep in mind that if you are not painting the entire appliance, then your paint job may not match the original color. Paint colors can fade over time, and manufacturer's colors may vary from the colors of appliance paint available. If possible, contact the manufacturer of the appliance to see what color or brand of appliance paint they recommend before you begin.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The exact instructions will vary from brand to brand and type of paint application used, but you can follow these general steps:

  1. Clean the appliance thoroughly with soap and water and leave to dry.
  2. Apply a small test section of paint to an unobtrusive area of the appliance to ensure it looks the way you intend.
  3. Scrape off any peeling or chipped paint that may already be on the appliance with a putty knife.
  4. Apply a treatment on rust spots to prevent the rust from spreading or showing up through the new paint.
  5. Fill in any dents or scratches on the appliance with auto body filler and a putty knife. Let the filler dry.
  6. Unplug and move the appliance to a well-ventilated area or create good air circulation in the painting area.
  7. Remove or protect areas (such as handles and other decorative details) on the appliance that should not be painted.
  8. Tape off the edges of the appliance to ensure clean lines.
  9. Paint the appliance according to the product instructions.
  10. Let dry thoroughly before moving.
  11. Apply a second coat if necessary.

Update Your Appliances

A fresh coat of paint can dramatically improve the appearance of even the most outdated kitchen appliances. If your appliances work well, but show their age in their finish, consider painting them. The results may help give them a new life.

How to Use Appliance Paint