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Old 04-22-12, 01:57 PM
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paint for appliances

i got a washing machine I got out of storage unit and I want to paint it since its like 2 different colors. I can't find red appliance paint. Would a oil based gloss finish spray paint work? The current color is white and the top and one side seams to be a yellowish color.
 
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I've never painted a washing machine and can't say how well a solvent based coating will adhere although I have painted older refrigerators with oil base industrial enamel and the paint job held up ok. The biggest issue is the prep. You need to make sure any/all detergent residue is removed and then try to scuff up the surface with sandpaper. You don't have to sand the factory finish off but it does need to be scuffed up enough to give the paint a fighting chance to adhere.
 
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Expensive but you might consider auto paint if your spraying.
 
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Well right now I put 1 coat of rust-oliem 2X ultra spray paint for metal and after letting it dry overnight I put 1 coat of red apple gloss spray paint same brand as the primer. I did a few touch ups within 1 hour but it kinda looks like lava a bit with a few differn't shades or red from how I painted. But I like it. I will call it running lava paint job LOL. I also got 2 cans of clear coat same brand that I will apply later. Before priming I cleaned the washer with Mr.Jinx a all purpus foaming cleaner and it worked well made it look almost new except for the 2 tone paint job it had so I must have belonged to a heavy chain smoker.
 
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The finish on appliances is fairly tough and I wouldn't think it would absorb nicotine to the extent it wouldn't was off. The various shades of red are most likely where you have different degrees of coverage. It can be difficult to get good even coverage with an aerosol can.
 
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So would that explane why is some spots the clear coat appear smooth to the touch but other places feels dusty though nothing comes up on my hands. its only been 1 hour though since i did allot of touch ups and extra coats with 2 cans of clear coat.
 
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Another question. there is overspray on the controll panel from the spray mist. How do I get that off without removing the lettering on the panel like temps timer settings etc. would lacquer thinner work?
 
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No - don't use lacquer thinner.

Try WD 40; you want to start as mild as possible.
 
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You might have to learn to live with the over spray

If WD-40 doesn't work you might could use lacquer thinner and carefully work around all the lettering. Where the markings are will still have over spray but the large areas in between wouldn't - not sure which would look better.
 
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Lacquer thinner would be my last resort, I think I'd see what a Mr. Clean magic eraser would do first.
 
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Here are some pics including the overspray on the controls.

The machine in primer



and the finished product





 
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Ouch! I guess you now know you should have covered it with paper and not just taped the edges. Your best bet might be to find a similar washer that you can get the control panel face off of. Not sure where you would look for junk washers at.
 
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Yeah the panel cover is discontinued. I can try and see if I can get it off somewhat with wd-40 or the magic eraser. What about mineral sprites?
 
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I'd try mineral spirits before I'd move to lacquer thinner.
 
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Anything close to as strong as lacquer thinner won't be an option - unless you don't care if all the markings on the panel come off. I wonder if a brillo pad would do any good
 
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