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

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Remove rust from a white refrigerator with oxalic acid.
Remove rust from a white refrigerator with oxalic acid. (Image: Ron Levine/Lifesize/Getty Images)

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Newspapers
  • Oxalic acid
  • Trash can
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Lemon juice
  • Cup
  • Salt
  • Spoon
  • Sponge

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.

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.

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

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

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

Tips & Warnings

  • 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.

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