Chipped or Peeling Paint? | How to Touch Up the Paint on Your Appliance


You’re cleaning your refrigerator and notice a small chip in the paint. Now that you’ve seen it, you notice it every time you use it.   Sound familiar?  Or maybe you’re just tired of the color of your appliance and looking for something different?  Before you go out and buy a new refrigerator door, or even a whole new appliance we may have a solution for you: appliance paint.

Appliance touch-up paint and kits are available in a number of finishes and when applied correctly, can leave your appliance looking good as new.  All it takes is a little bit of time, patience, and the right preparation.  

Choosing the Right Paint

Not all paints are equal.  Picking the right paint or porcelain touch up for your appliance can make or break your fix.

Appliance paints are specifically designed to adhere to the surfaces they are applied to and heat resistant formulations are available (if you’re thinking about painting your stove top, contact the manufacturer first for recommendations).

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72017 – Whirlpool Brush-on Touch Up Paint

If you try to use something else like regular acrylic or enamel paint, it wont stay on the appliance and can potentially release harmful chemicals if it gets too hot. The nice thing about appliance paints is that they are also available in a number of manufacturer specific colors and finishes so you can be sure that it will match your appliance.


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350930 – Whirlpool Touch Up Spray Paint


The size of the chip or damaged spot will often determine whether you need brush-on or spray on appliance paint.  For relatively small chips, scratches, rust spots, etc. around the size of a quarter or smaller, brush-on touch up paint is usually all you need. However, for larger chips, or if you’re looking to change the color of the entire appliance spray on is the way to go.


You can find a variety of different touch up paints including both brush-on and spray on available for purchase on our website: Touch Up Paint.

Prepping the Appliance

Cleaning: Before you start painting, it’s important to make sure that the appliance is unplugged, cooled, and the surface has been cleaned thoroughly.  If any grease of debris is still on the surface you wish to paint, you may not get a clean finish or the paint won’t adhere well. To clean it, wet a sponge with warm soapy water and wipe down the appliance. Finish with a dry cloth or rag to make sure the surface is completely dry.

Sanding: If you’re repairing a chip, pealing spot, or rust spot, you’ll need to first sand the area.  Use a medium grit sand paper to buff out the area and sand off any excess rust if possible.  Then, finish with a fine grit sand paper to ensure a nice smooth finish.  Wipe down and dry the area again, and finish with rust prevention spray if necessary.

Ventilation: As with any painting project, you want to make sure you are in a well ventilated area.  If you’re painting the entire appliance, you may be better off bringing the entire appliance outside if possible. Especially with aerosol paints, we recommend the use of gloves, masks, and safety glasses.

Tape it off: Remove any decals, handles, or hardware if possible that may get paint on them and tape off any other areas you do not wish to paint.

Time to Paint

Once everything is completely prepped and dry, you can finally start painting!  Apply paint in thin layers, and let each one dry before applying a second coat.  Although it may seem time consuming, you’ll get a much better result if you apply multiple thin coats rather than one heavy layer.  This goes for both brush-on and spray on paint.

Once everything is painted to your liking, let the paint dry for at least 24 hours before attempting to use the appliance.  When dry, the paint should not longer be sticky to the touch.

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Have you painted your appliance before?  We’d love to hear how it went!

Be sure to leave any stories, comments, questions, tips, or recommendations for future blogs for us in the comment section below.  If you’re looking for the right paint for you appliance, visit our website.  We’ll use your model number to find your match.

Written by: Sarah Walker

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