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How to paint appliances: special enamel, brush or spray painting. Instructions for refurbishing a refrigerator or other appliances.
Not only domestic appliances, in this guide we will also see how to paint the bathtub and the radiators.
Enamel for household appliances
First of all we tell you that there is an enamel for appliances so if you are looking for a paint for the refrigerator you will have to aim for specially formulated technical products!
The enamels that we find on the market are basically of two types, water-based and solvent-based, to paint household appliances (refrigerator, washing machine, oven…) there are special paints but attentive to emissions! Enamel, especially if solvent-based, emits large quantities ofvolatile organic compounds, so before reintroducing the appliance in an enclosed space, leave it in a well-ventilated room or outdoors.
On the market there are specific paints for household appliances, both water-based and solvent-based, if you are undecided between these two thinners, you can choose by reading the differences, the advantages and disadvantages of use, at this address:water-based enamel or solvent-based enamel.
The enamel for household appliances it is formulated to restore the original enamel of the old device, by applying it directly on the support and can also paint the plastic components. Choose a specific water-based enamel, especially if the appliance to be painted is a refrigerator, oven or any device that will enter a space in close contact with humans.
If you want to give your refrigerator or home appliance a more modern look, you can aim for spray products such as Spray paint for Pinty Plus Tech appliances,it is formulated for little porous and impermeable surfaces such as that of household appliances. With a single bottle it is possible to obtain a yield of 2 m². The spray mentioned is “steel color” rarer to find on the market: on the market, products for painting a refrigerator or other household appliances are generally white or ice white.
If you only need to make small adjustments in the corners or in areas most affected by wear, the market offers pens or special paint sticks.
How to paint appliances
The preparation of the base is as important as the painting itself. Clean the appliance thoroughly, remove any traces of grease or dirt.
- - Deep cleaning
For cleaning, experts recommend a solution of water and ammonia to be wiped with a clean rag and then rinsed thoroughly.
- - Sand
Dry the appliance to be painted, sand with 240-grit sandpaper (sanded very gently) and remove the dust released in this phase.
- – Nail varnish
For a better performance of the enamel for household appliances, it must be shaken very well before use: mix with a rod capable of reaching the bottom of the paint can.
- - Where to start
Start painting the appliance starting from the corners or small details; for example, in the refrigerator, if the lowest or highest part has a small panel, go from there!
- – Paint with roller or brush
In corners and for small touch-ups, use a brush while on surfaces that allow it, use a small glaze roller. The roller allows you to obtain a more uniform result avoiding the risk of leaving brush marks.
Especially if the enamel used is water-based, the brush can leave traces (the water-based glaze dries very quickly), in this case a small roller is the ideal solution to obtain the best result with minimum effort.
How to use the roller to paint appliances?
Dip the roller in the paint and spread it evenly; help yourself with the special roller tray to remove unnecessary paint and enamel the appliance in the best possible way.
The enamel is passed from top to bottom and then crosses the gesture going to paint from left to right.
After the first coat, wait for the enamel to dry completely (waiting times are generally indicated on the package). Even if the drying times never exceed 24 hours, it is necessary to wait about 20 days to obtain the optimal resistance of the enamel; during this period, avoid stressing the appliance, avoid washing, bumps or any sudden contact.
If what you want to paint are the heaters, I suggest you read the guideHow to paint the radiator.
Coat the appliances
Do you want to paint a refrigerator? As an alternative to painting, take the idea of coating the refrigerator or the old appliance in question! On the market there are special adhesive films created to cover household appliances with little effort, both in economic terms and in terms of labor.