How to paint your deep freezer

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How to paint your deep freezer
Painting revives the appearance of older freezers. (TV and freezer image by Mediagfx from

A freezer sometimes gets scratched and rusted but remains in good working condition. Painting your deep freezer makes it more pleasant to look at. Use spray paint made specifically for appliances. Choosing basic white, the factory colour of most freezers, fits most needs in a home or business.

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Things you need

  • Fine grit sandpaper for metal
  • 1 roll of blue painter’s tape
  • 4 to 6 cans of metal primer
  • 4 to 6 cans of appliance spray paint

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  1. 1

    Wash the entire freezer with cleaner, removing any dirt, grease or smoke residue. Rinse the rags and wipe down completely, removing any cleaner remaining.

  2. 2

    Sand lightly over the painted surface. Apply more pressure to remove any rust spots on the freezer. Wipe off the freezer with wet rags to remove any sanding dust and allow it to dry.

  3. 3

    Tape off the outside of the rubber gasket, or seal. Tape newspaper over the inside of the lid to keep paint from getting on it. Leave no part of the gasket or inner part of the lid exposed.

    How to paint your deep freezer
    Painter's tape leaves no residue behind. (blue painters tape image by Jim Mills from
  4. 4

    Tape newspaper to the entire inside of the freezer. The interior liner of the freezer needs protection from overspray. Tape off or remove any handles or chrome emblems.

    How to paint your deep freezer
    Newspaper covers large areas to protect from overspray. (newspaper image by Christopher Hall from
  5. 5

    Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for the primer, shaking thoroughly before using. Use horizontal sweeping motions while painting to avoid pooling of the primer, causing runs. Cover the entire exposed area with primer. Allow to dry.

    How to paint your deep freezer
    Paints have different drying times. (spray image by Dragana Petrovic from
  6. 6

    Repeat the same process with appliance paint. Cover the entire primed area with multiple light coats of paint, not one or two heavy coats. Allow to dry between coats.

  7. 7

    Allow the freezer to dry thoroughly. Then remove all the painter’s tape and newspaper. Replace any handles or chrome that were removed.

Tips and warnings

  • Cover surrounding areas to protect from overspray.
  • Ventilation is needed while using spray paint.
  • Wear eye protection and a mask over your nose and mouth.

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