Stainless Steel Refrigerator is Rusting!

I have a stainless steel refrigerator that is rusting. Any ideas on how to correct this? I thought of painting it but hubby is worried it will chip and/or scratch.

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  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Aug 05, 2018

    Hi Mary, I think you'll have to sand it first, then paint. Maybe you'll need a primer, then paint. Next call Home Depot, and ask about the sanding and the paint. You can rent a sander at Home Depot for one 24 hour period at a time. 48 hrs/ 2 days, plus a deposit.

  • Gk Gk on Aug 05, 2018

    Maybe you can buff that out with a rust remover used for car trim and then apply a finish of car wax. I would try that first before I even considered sanding. In fact i wouldn't even consider sanding.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Aug 05, 2018

    Use a paste of even parts of water and baking soda. Apply it with a soft rag or sponge, going with the grain of the stainless or you will risk scratches. It might take a little elbow grease but it will remove the rust. Then clean with clean water and dry with a dry soft rag. Follow up with a stainless cleaner. Every site I searched said this is the best method and the least expensive. And it will remove the rust. Best wishes.

  • 16042433 16042433 on Aug 05, 2018

    My stainless steel dishwasher was getting rusty, so after alot of looking on my computer, (I like natural solutions), I found one that called for using olive oil. It worked and my rust stains are gone. For the fridge I've used the stainless steel polish they sell. You might want to try the olive oil on the fridge. Make sure it is dry. Put a little olive oil on a soft cloth, and go with the way the stainless steel is running, probably up and down. It's going to take a few times depending on how much rust you have to try to go through. If it works for you, then wipe it down clean with a paper towel.

  • Lea Swenson Lea Swenson on Sep 07, 2018

    Some of the above solutions may work, I haven't tried them. But there is a stainless steel buffing kit you can purchase to get out minor scratches that could likely do the trick. I have used it before on several appliances and it worked great.