Painting a Refrigerator Black

Painting a Refrigerator Black
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Name: Michelle
Subject painting a refrigerator
Message: I own a white refrigerator and would like to paint it black. Is this possible? What type of paint/primer will work best?

Thank you for your e-mail.
Painting over a refrigerator, or any hard surface, requires the you properly prep the surface, first.
Clean all surfaces with a good degreaser cleanser like TSP (Tri-sodium Phosphate, available at most retail paint stores); mask off any surfaces that you do not want painted with your blue, 3M, masking tape.
Prime with a good bonding primer, like UMA (again, available at most retail paint stores, but not at Home Depot or Lowe's); let cure, or harden, for several days.
Now, there are several ways that you can apply the paint: Ideally, you would want to use a commercial cup sprayer and apply several layers of an epoxy enamel.
But since this is not feasible for most of us, you can use a good quality acrylic paint, like Benjamin Moore's Impervex.
The big question is how to apply it. If you brush it on you will see brush marks. No way around it. I do not like brush marks.
What I find works really good is to sponge on the black, creating a hammered, textured finish, with no brush marks.
Use the outside, or pointed side of the natural sea sponge, slightly dampened; pour some of the paint into a tray; use the sponge to lightly apply a light layer over the surface.
Take your time, and do not apply the black too heavy with each coat; you will need to apply 3-4 layers, at least.
This might sound like a lot, but it goes real fast, and the final effect is worth it.
After painting, give the piece a couple of days to cure before pulling the tape, and subjecting the frig to normal wear and tear. Do not worry about applying a clear finish to the black; after about a week, the black will have hardened into a very durable finish.
Good luck, and best wishes,

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