How to Remove Surface Rust From the Face of a Textured White Refrigerator

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Things You'll Need

  • Rags

  • Newspapers

  • Oxalic acid

  • Trash can

  • All purpose cleaner

  • Soft cloth

  • Lemon juice

  • Cup

  • Salt

  • Spoon

  • Sponge

Remove rust from a white refrigerator with oxalic acid.

Rust on the surface of a textured white refrigerator can eat through to the interior if left indefinitely. Rust corrodes surfaces and spreads like a disease if not stopped. Although, rust can damage and destroy the surface of a refrigerator, you can salvage your appliance. With the use of rust removers you can save your refrigerator from the junk yard.


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Step 1

Wipe as much of the loose rust particles from the refrigerator as possible with a rag. Lay newspapers on the floor to catch the rust as it falls from the refrigerator.

Step 2

Apply 1 tbsp. of navel jelly onto a clean rag. Wipe the jelly over the rusted area. If the area is larger than a 6-inch circle, apply another tablespoon of navel jelly onto the rag and rub on the rust stain. Rub with medium pressure to loosen the rust from the textured surface.

Step 3

Wipe the rust and navel jelly from the refrigerator with a clean, damp rag.


Step 4

Rub the affected area with a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface.

Step 5

Clean the affected area of the refrigerator by spraying with an all-purpose cleaner and wiping clean with a soft cloth.


You may need to apply paint to the affected area after removing the rust. Use paint made especially for appliances.

Find navel jelly at most auto parts stores.