How to Touch Up Your Appliances

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In a busy kitchen, it's hard not to scratch and scuff appliances. Simple touch-ups will help keep them looking like new.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint Thinner
  • Appliance Touch-up Paint
  • Fine-tip Paintbrush
  • Rag
  • Fine-grit Sandpaper (280- To 320-grit)
  • Sand the damaged area lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. Roughen the area to be painted and remove any rust, but avoid sanding the surrounding surface.

  • Clean the area thoroughly with a rag dampened with paint thinner. Let dry.

  • Paint over scratches with appliance touch-up paint, using the bottle's applicator brush or another fine-tip paintbrush. Let dry overnight. (Touch-up paint fades and peels from surfaces that are exposed to high temperatures, so use it only on appliances that do not heat.)

  • Fill nicks by building up thin layers of paint. Allow each layer to dry completely before painting the next layer.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can buy appliance touch-up paint at hardware or home improvement stores.

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