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How to Paint an Aluminum Freezer

Dec 01, 2016

When the outdated appearance of your aluminum freezer becomes the elephant in the room, revitalize it with paint. Painting aluminum isn't as difficult as you may think. Because aluminum doesn't rust, you won't have to put a ton of elbow grease into the prep work. Aluminum does corrode however, so you will have to clean the freezer and apply primer before you can paint. Use an acrylic bonding primer to ensure good paint adhesion and follow with a high quality acrylic paint to give your freezer a facelift.


Move the freezer outside or into a ventilated area. Lay drop cloths on the floor around the freezer. Cover walls, windows or any other surface that you don't want painted.


Remove the handle from the freezer using a screwdriver. Mask stationary handles using painter's tape. Mask every part on the freezer that you do not want painted.


Prepare a cleaning mixture of dish detergent and water. Clean the freezer using a nonabrasive scouring pad dipped in the soapy water. Rinse the freezer using a clean cloth soaked in clean water. Allow the freezer to dry completely.


Shake a can of bonding primer for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. Apply the primer to the freezer in smooth, sweeping motions. Allow the primer to dry for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. Sand the primer using fine-grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth surface for the finish coat. Remove sanding dust using a clean, damp cloth. Apply a second coat of primer and allow it to dry completely.


Shake a can of acrylic paint for the full amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. Apply a light coat of paint to the freezer using smooth, side-to-side, overlapping motions. Maintain a consistent distance from the freezer during the paint process to ensure even coverage. Allow the paint to dry for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. Apply multiple light coats of paint until you achieve adequate coverage. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours before moving the freezer.

Things You Will Need

  • Drop cloths

  • Screwdriver

  • Painter's tape

  • Dish detergent

  • Scouring pad

  • Bonding primer

  • Fine-grit sandpaper

  • Acrylic paint

  • 6-inch foam roller

  • Paint pan

  • Mask


  • A 6-inch foam roller can be used in place of spray cans.


  • Wear a mask and use adequate ventilation when you spray paint.

  • Do not use a latex primer that contains ammonia. Ammonia could react with oxidized aluminum to cause a chemical reaction. Use a bonding primer that is intended for use on aluminum. However, you can use latex paint.