When you need to replace your old refrigerator, you might not have it in your budget to go out and buy a brand new unit. If you find a used refrigerator that fits your budget and runs perfectly but doesn't coordinate with the rest of your kitchen appliances or isn't perfect in appearance, you can give that refrigerator a fairly quick makeover for very little money. Here's how!
Remove the Dents
You can get a great deal on a refrigerator that has dents on it and you can remove those dents fairly easily in many cases. Three methods to remove the dents include:
Heat and Cold – Use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the surface of the refrigerator where the dent is located. The goal is to get the dent hot without heating the surface so much that the paint bubbles. After it is heated, use a can of compressed air to rapidly chill the surface. This should quickly pop the dent right out.
Auto Dent Puller – Go to your local automotive supply store and purchase a dent puller. These are basically strong suction cups with handles on them. Put the suction cup over the dent and pull. This is an effective way to remove large dents, but not very effective in removing small dents.
Dry Ice – Your local hardware store should stock dry ice. While wearing a thick pair of insulated gloves, hold the dry ice on the dent. As the metal becomes extremely cold, it will contract and pop the dent right out.
Paint the Refrigerator
Painting the refrigerator can give even the oldest, most scratched unit a beautiful look. Purchase 320-grit sandpaper, appliance paint and painter's tape.
Step 1: Use the sandpaper to scuff the surface of the entire unit. Pay special attention to areas that have scratches to get them as smooth as possible. This step is essential in preparing the surface for the paint to adhere and to create a perfectly smooth finish when the paint has dried.
Step 2: Wipe the dust away with a damp cloth and tape the seals and handles to protect them from paint.
Step 3: Time to paint. Apply the paint in a thin, even coat. Don't worry about complete coverage with the first coat as you will apply a second coat. If you notice drips or runs after the first coat has dried, sand them smooth, wipe the surface clean and follow up with a second coat.
This might seem like a lot of work, but it is a fairly easy project that can save you a ton of money on a refrigerator and provide you with one that you paid a small fortune for. For more info about used appliances, go to websites of local appliance retailers.