How to remove surface rust from the face of a textured white refrigerator

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How to remove surface rust from the face of a textured white refrigerator
Remove rust from a white refrigerator with oxalic acid. (Ron Levine/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Rust on the surface of a textured white refrigerator can eat through to the interior if left indefinitely. Rust corrodes surfaces and spreads like a disease if not stopped. Although, rust can damage and destroy the surface of a refrigerator, you can salvage your appliance. With the use of rust removers you can save your refrigerator from the junk yard.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rags
  • Newspapers
  • Oxalic acid
  • Dustbin
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Lemon juice
  • Cup
  • Salt
  • Spoon
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Wipe as much of the loose rust particles from the refrigerator as possible with a rag. Lay newspapers on the floor to catch the rust as it falls from the refrigerator.

  2. 2

    Apply 1 tbsp of navel jelly onto a clean rag. Wipe the jelly over the rusted area. If the area is larger than a 6-inch circle, apply another tablespoon of navel jelly onto the rag and rub on the rust stain. Rub with medium pressure to loosen the rust from the textured surface.

  3. 3

    Wipe the rust and navel jelly from the refrigerator with a clean, damp rag.

  4. 4

    Rub the affected area with a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface.

  5. 5

    Clean the affected area of the refrigerator by spraying with an all-purpose cleaner and wiping clean with a soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need to apply paint to the affected area after removing the rust. Use paint made especially for appliances.
  • Find navel jelly at most auto parts stores.

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