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How do you paint a refrigerator?

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Paint a refrigerator by unplugging and emptying the appliance before moving it to a ventilated space and cleaning the surfaces to be painted. Mask off any areas where you do not want pained. Apply the paint in steady strokes and in several light coats.

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  1. Unplug and empty the appliance

    Slide the refrigerator away from the wall and unplug the power. Empty anything stored in the refrigerator to another location. Turn off the water and disconnect any lines for the icemaker.

  2. Move the refrigerator to a ventilated space

    Move the refrigerator to a space with plenty of ventilation. Set it on a layer of newspaper to prevent dust from blowing onto the fresh paint.

  3. Clean the surfaces

    Use a degreasing detergent to remove any grease or wax that might have accumulated on the surfaces. Use sandpaper to remove any rusty spots. Remove the dust with a tack cloth.

  4. Mask the surfaces

    Use masking tape and newspaper to cover any areas you do not want to paint. Cover the surrounding area to prevent over spray.

  5. Apply the paint

    Hold the paint can at least 12 inches away from the refrigerator. Apply the paint in thin, even strokes to avoid any runs. Apply several coats, giving a few minutes between each coat, for drying.

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