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What is Appliance Paint?

By J. Beam
Updated May 16, 2024
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Appliance paint is paint designed specifically for painting household items like microwaves and refrigerators. This type of paint generally comes in the form of a repair kit with newly purchased appliances, but can also be bought to change the color of older items. It is not suitable for all types of devices, since it cannot be used on high temperature surfaces, such as range tops. However, it can be used on refrigerators, trash compactors, range hoods and other devices that do not generate high heat.

This type of paint comes in either spray or brush-on variety. Brush-on versions are generally reserved for repairing chips or scratches in the surface of the appliance. Spray-on paint is available for refinishing the entire surface. In addition to repairing or refinishing the surface of an appliance, there is also appliance paint designed especially for re-coating vinyl dishwasher racks and resurfacing the inside of microwave ovens.

While most appliance paint will state it is not for use with high heat devices such as stoves, there is paint available that is designed for high-heat surfaces. Though heat resistant paint may work well for resurfacing a barbecue grill, fireplace screen, or radiator, it may not work well on a range top. Most range tops are porcelain, and while small chips or scratches can be repaired on a range top, attempting to repaint the entire range top may not yield the desired result. If you are considering painting your oven, you should consult a professional painter on types of paint and application techniques.

Since most forms of appliance paint are spray paints, it becomes necessary to either move the device outdoors or create a well-protected and well-ventilated work area indoors. Before using any paint, be sure to cover all nearby surfaces with a sheet or plastic and mask off any parts of the project you do not want painted. Very little preparation to the actual project surface is necessary, except for thoroughly washing and drying the surface before painting. Be sure to follow the specific manufacturer’s instructions that accompany any paint you buy.

Though this type of paint is great for touching up small nicks and scratches to keep your appliances looking new, it can also go a long way towards providing quick solutions to common problems. Appliance paint may come in handy for a kitchen redo and is a quick fix for range hoods and dishwasher fronts that might not match newly purchased or moved appliances.

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Discussion Comments
By anon295805 — On Oct 08, 2012

Can you change the color of a refrigerator with a vinyl textured surface?

By anon291099 — On Sep 12, 2012

The paint is peeling off my kettle. Can I respray it? If so, what spray paint should I use?

By anon263147 — On Apr 23, 2012

I also want to paint my toilet seat white. It is wood with a white paint and the paint has worn off in areas.

By anon221099 — On Oct 10, 2011

can i repaint the inside of my microwave?

By anon99382 — On Jul 26, 2010

Can you use the appliance paint on a stove top?

By anon64378 — On Feb 07, 2010

Can you repaint inside of a microwave, to cover up rust on the inside floor (under the rotating glass)?

By anon58430 — On Jan 01, 2010

Is there a paint/product I can use to replace damaged enameling in a domestic oven where the element was resting on the oven surface leaving a mark and "burning through" some enameling?

By anon45214 — On Sep 14, 2009

Can appliance paint be used to cover up scratches on a bath tub which was previously glazed? The scratches were caused by the removal of a shower door.

By anon37677 — On Jul 21, 2009

I am interested in repainting my charcoal and gas grills. What is the recommended paint to use on the interior of both grills?

By hd2try — On Jul 14, 2009

Is there a paint that you can update kitchen and bathroom fixtures/faucets with? Also I want to update my chandeliers, what kind of paint would I use on these? I wasn't sure if appliance paint is what I need. Thanks!

By anon30804 — On Apr 24, 2009

Can you use the spray appliance paint on toilets? I have a white toilet I want to turn to chocolate brown.

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