The attractive black facade of your refrigerator can be spoiled by scratches that are the inevitable result of moving and kitchen wear and tear. Having these scratches professionally repaired is costly and will mean you have to do without your fridge for a couple of hours or days. It also means you have to move this heavy appliance to another location. Save the time and hassle by restoring the look of your textured black refrigerator yourself with a little touching up.
1 Use a slightly damp sponge and a little dishwashing liquid to clean the affected area. Gently wash over the scratches and the surrounding area to remove any grease or dirt.
2 Rinse the sponge and then wipe the fridge again to remove any residual dishwashing liquid. Dry thoroughly with a lint-free cloth.
3 Place a drop cloth under the refrigerator to catch any paint spills. Read the instructions on the epoxy appliance paint can with care. Shake it for the duration suggested in the instructions.
4 Place the face mask, gloves and goggles on. If you are using a spray can, remove the spray can lid and hold the nozzle about 4 inches from the surface of the refrigerator. Spray the paint on in even strokes. If you are using touch-up paint dip only the tip of the brush into the paint and lightly dab the paint onto the scratches. Feather the edges of the painted areas.
5 Confine your work to the scratch and the area immediately surrounding it. Close the paint can securely when done and leave the refrigerator to dry completely before use.
Items you will need
- Dishwashing detergent
- Lint-free cloth
- Epoxy appliance spray paint for larger areas, black
- Epoxy touch-up paint for smaller areas, black
- Small paintbrush
- Painter's mask
- Drop cloth
- Ensure that everyone knows that the fridge has wet paint on it with a sign or by painting the refrigerator when everyone is away. Epoxy paint on hands or clothing is difficult to remove.
- Read the paint manufacturer's instructions on mixing duration and drying times and follow them carefully.
- Never hold the spray can stationary while depressing the nozzles. Sustained spraying in one area will result in drips.
- Epoxy paint can be harmful to sensitive respiratory systems, so ensure that you are wearing a mask and working in a well-ventilated area.
- Wear gloves to protect your skin.
- Keep paint products away from pets and children and store in a cool, dry place.
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