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How to Paint Your Deep Freezer

Dec 01, 2016

Keep your freezer looking good with appliance paint.

Keep your freezer looking good with appliance paint.

Don't abandon your deep freezer when it begins to look drab and dull; haste makes waste and a new appliance will lighten your wallet considerably. Painting the freezer is the easiest and most inexpensive way to update it without breaking the bank. The preparation work is the most important step in the process, so clean the freezer first to ensure adequate paint adhesion. Follow with a top-quality appliance paint to give it a fast and easy facelift.


Disconnect the power source and move the freezer away from the wall or into the designated work area. Lay drop cloths or masking paper on the floor around the freezer.


Remove the handle from the freezer with a screwdriver.


Scrape flaking paint with a putty knife. Remove rust from the freezer with a medium-grit sanding block. Use the putty knife to fill holes or dents with metal bonding putty. Allow the putty to dry completely. Smooth areas where flaking paint was removed or areas were patched with putty using a medium-grit sanding block. Sand the entire freezer if the current finish is glossy. Use a fine-grit sanding block to dull the gloss and prepare it for adequate paint adhesion.


Clean the freezer with soapy water to remove sanding dust, grease and dirt. Use a degreaser to remove heavy grease deposits. Paint will not adhere to a dirty surface. Rinse the freezer with clean water and allow it to dry completely.


Apply rust-inhibiting primer to rusty areas using a spray can or a 6-inch mini-roller. Allow the primer to dry for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. A second coat of primer can be applied.


Mask the rubber seal, plastic parts, emblems, metal strips and everything else that you do not want painted, using painter's tape.


Apply a coat of appliance paint to the freezer using a 6-inch mini-roller with a synthetic cover. Cut in areas where the roller will not fit using a tapered paintbrush. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions when you use a specialty paint, such as Liquid Stainless Steel, for additional steps that may be required. Allow the paint to dry for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. Apply a second coat of paint and allow it to dry for 24 hours.


Remove the painter's tape and reinstall the handle on the freezer.

Things You Will Need

  • Drop cloths

  • Masking paper

  • Screwdriver

  • Medium-grit sanding block

  • Dish soap

  • Degreaser

  • Rust-inhibiting primer

  • 6-inch mini-roller

  • 6-inch mini-synthetic roller covers

  • Paint tray

  • Appliance paint

  • Tapered paintbrush

  • Spray paint

  • Mask


  • Apply the tape after you have sanded and washed the freezer to prevent the tape getting dirty or wet.

  • Primer is not necessary on rust-free appliances.

  • Handles can be spray-painted. Use the appropriate paint for the type of material being painted.

  • Spray-paint can be used in some applications in place of a roller.


  • Wear a mask when you sand or spray-paint.

  • Paint emits fumes, so ventilate the work area.