I have an Amana bottom freezer refrigerator. The unit is about 5 years old, and
6 months ago I noticed small rust spots
that seem to be coming through the paint on the bottom (freezer) door. Was able
to scrub most of that off, but now I'm
getting small rust all over the entire unit. Will I have to sand the rust off
and have it repainted? How can I prevent
this from happening again, if possible? Any ideas? Thanks for any advice!
<< 6 months ago I noticed small rust spots that seem to be coming through the
There is no excuse at all for this to happen in a modern appliance, assuming
that it is not kept out on the patio of an ocean front property.
What happened at the factory was a failure of the cleaning and prep system in
the paint facility. Top quality systems will use degreasing, scrubbing and
often phosphate treatment to maximize paint adhesion and corrosion resistance.
Quality control people see to it that all treatment tanks are at the right
temperature and chemical strength. Somewhere along the line there was a misstep
or failure, and probably a some bad paint got out before it was corrected.
it would be logical to call Amana customer service and lodge a polite
complaint. Most companies with any pride in their product will make an attempt
to do the right thing.
Getting the finish redone to a more durable standard will take a lot of work
since your base metal is obviously very dirty. You may be better served to get
a new fridge and donate the old unit to a needy family. Good luck.
You may be able to clean up those marks and touch up with a bottle of
appliance touch up, depending on the size and amount of marks.
Sometimes the door panals will need to be replaced.
Over cleaning can sometimes leave chemicals/water and such in cracks
or along trims and the panal can rust, sometimes a poor clean and
paint job when the door panal was made can happen :( Have you
contacted Amana to see if they will send someone out ot have a peek at
Contact phone #'s.
Sometimes a coating of car wax on the door panals may help to keep
them from happening in the future.
Appliance Repair Aid
It most likely is not worth it at this point. If you feel so inclined, you
can power sand the entire unit,as you have to remove all the rust to bare
metal or convert the rust using rust conversion products that are
questionable in effectiveness at most. If you paint rust, it will come back.
Use a spray can of appliance paint or some other epoxy based paint. See
http://tinyurl.com/2lwj6 for information, not to buy from them unless you
want to spend $150.00 in paint first. You can find this paint at hardware or
home improvement stores. It is a bit of a pain as you have to mask
everything the paint does not want to touch such as the seals and your
floor/walls, but also do not even think about doing this in your house or an
area that has open flames as you will use a lot to spray a fridge and it is
very fumy. Even then, don't expect a perfect job from a spray can.
You can hire a professional to do it. Look under "Appliance Refinishing" in
your local phonebook. If you cannot find any under that heading, look under
"Bathtub Refinishing" or "Bathtub Glazing" and call some of these people to
see if they have or will perform the service. The same 2 part urethane
resins they use to refinish bathroom tubs, sinks and tiles can also be used
on appliances and even counter tops with the proper preparation. This is not
a job the average do-it-yourselfer can accomplish, as the equipment and
technique involved are a bit beyond their reach. The manufactures of the top
quality urethane resins and coatings do not even sell to the general public.
Before any of the above, you have to determine exactly where the rust is
coming from. If it was bad primer,paint or preparation on the manufacturer's
part, complete removal of the old finish and high quality refinish may do
the trick. If the refrigerator is rotting from the inside out because of
condensation on the insides of the panels due to cracks in the plastic liner
or bad, and now moist insulation, It will always come back. Also, if it is
going to cost you $300.00 to have it professionally refinished, Is it worth
it or would you rather put the same money towards a new Maytag (wink)?.
Just some food for thought.. Or maybe a feast... 8-)
Aint No Stinkin Viruses Here!
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com ).
This is Turtle.
well if your box is over 5 years talking to Amana is a waste of time. If it
is under 5 years they may look and see. i will take it that the box belongs
to you now.
Take you some 409 or fantastic spray and clean the whole box or at least the
areas of the rust. Then let it dry real good and then get you some good car
wax like Well Turtle brand or Nucar and just give it a wax job but use a
very light scrum pad to put it on with and rumb it in. Work the wax down in
the cracks and any grooved area of the finish of the box. Then let it dry.
then buff it off with a cotton rag or cloth. This will get the wax in the
cracks between the paint of the surface of the paint. this will stop the
rust from coming though for a good while. Most times when you do this it
will be 2 to 5 years before the rust starts back through the paint and shows
up on the surface of the paint.
the reason i say this is i have a friend that rebuilds refrigerators and
freezers for resale and this is what he does to remove the rust coming
through the paint job. Your good for 2 to 5 years and then i might add I
would give it a wax job ever 2 or 3 years to keep it away. This process is
also used on Auto chrome bumbers that start rusting on the chrome finish.
You wax it but with steel wool to work the wax down in it. Chrome bumbers
and refrigerator paint job are not what they use to be and they need help.
I have friends in low places that tell me their ways of making money. He
buys a little rusted freezer for about $15.00 and sells it for $150.00 but
with a new wax job. Elbow grease does wonders with rust on a freezer.
Thank you, Turtle. I have a similar problem, but the 'fridge is over
25 yrs old. Cleaning up and waxing is a lot cheaper than replacing a
perfectly good "major" appliance. Even if it *is* avocado green. :-)
In my experience, people tend to be disappointed in domestic "stainless
steel" refrigerators. They expect something that looks like those the
professional chefs have on TV - they can, of course, get that if they're
prepared to pay the price.
This is Turtle.
You are right about the type stainless steel that is used on domestic
refrigerators verses the commercial refrigerators used on tv and show cases.
I was told years ago that the domestic refrigerators used Stainless steel
but type 404 or cheaper grade. They have some good types of Stailess steal
that you could not make it look bad if you tried to. Now get your bilfold
out to even look at them as to getting one. I know Victor made a double door
stailess steel side by side for a cooking show back years ago and it cost
about $9,000.00 but it look good all the time.
this is Turtle.
Now do remember to get the rust off with a scuffing pad if cleaning it does
not remove it. If you wax over the rust stain it will stay like it and looks
for ever. A brillo pad or cleaning pad or something like that will take the
color stain off before waxing. Make it look like you want it and then wax
over it to make it stay that away.
This is Turtle.
Now do remember to get all the rust color off with scubbing pad , brillo, or
steel wool before waxing it. If you don't it will let the rust color stay
there for you to look at for 2 or 3 years. It will stay the look you have
after you wax it for 2 or 3 years.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.