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rpxlpx

03:55PM | 09/15/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
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I have a refrigerator that has developed quite a bit of rust on the main body where the door seal touches it at the top of the door. Can this be sanded and painted? How should it be repaired? What kind of paint? Is a new seal needed? How difficult are seals to replace?
This is a GE model.

DanO

04:30PM | 09/15/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** quite a bit of rust on the main body where the door seal touches it at the top of the door. **

Is this a top freezer model and it's rusting on the mullion panel between the doors or is this a SxS and it is rusting along the very upper edge of the cabinet?

Dan O.
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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited September 16, 2003).]

rpxlpx

09:53AM | 09/16/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
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It's a top-freezer model and the rust is below the freezer door, at the top of the refrig. door.

Jim D

12:33AM | 09/17/03
Member Since: 01/06/01
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RPXLPX - hello to you and Dan O! I don't have anything to offer to this thread - I just wanted to wish you well as you weather out the storm down there in NC. Up in my area, we're battening down the hatches but it appears you'll get it worse than us. Even up in DC where I work, we're prepping for high winds and heavy rains...this ought to finish off our drought at last! Take care down there in NC! Regards!

Jim D/Heathsville, VA

DanO

09:02AM | 09/17/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** I have a refrigerator that has developed quite a bit of rust ... the rust is below the freezer door, at the top of the refrig. door. **

There is a heater inside the mullion between the two doors which should be warm and prevent any moisture (and eventually rust) from forming there. Unless that is working anything you do to the finish will not last.

Some models with an electric heater in the mullion also have an "Energy Saver" switch inside one of the compartments. In humid weather the energy saver switch should be turned OFF to allow that heater to come on.

If the heater is not working when that switch is turned off, the heater may have burned out and need to be replaced.

** Is a new seal needed? How difficult are seals to replace? **

If the heater there is OK and working, leaking door seals could cause moisture to build up there. In that case replacing the seals may be necessary. You can see what that job entails at the following link:

LINK > Refrigerator Door Seal information

** Can this be sanded and painted? What kind of paint? **

There are specific paints available for appliances in spray cans (see the following link). Preparation would usually be the same as painting any other surface.

LINK > Appliance Touch-up Paints


Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited September 17, 2003).]

rpxlpx

01:58AM | 09/24/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Dan O, thanks for the info.
Jim D, Isobel didn't get us much. Looks like you had it worse. Not too bad, I hope.

Jim D

08:12AM | 10/03/03
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
RPXLPX - hi, we did take a pretty good pounding, at least in some areas. I think I had less than $200 damage to the house I'm renting. My electricity died at 1:50 PM on Sep 17 and it finally came back on at 6:45 PM on Sep 29. The private well serving our development has a 3K or 5K gallon holding tank and that kept us supplied with some cold running water. They finally put a diesel generator on the pump to refill it. I have a propane BBQ grill and we cooked most of our meals on it. Finding ice and batteries was very difficult at first - I made the trip to Waldorf, MD (90+ miles 1 way) and finally found a little of both on Sep 19. On Sep 21, I made the trip to Prince Frederick, MD (about 106 miles 1 way) and the Wal-Mart near my mother-in-law's place had battery-powered lanterns and had restocked D-cell batteries. We're almost back to normal...and I was already scheduled to be on military leave anyway, so it was like a campout in the backyard.

Glad to hear you weathered it fine down your way.

Dan O - I hope you weren't affected much by Hurricane Juan...I'm not sure where up there you're located.

Regards to all! Jim D/Heathsville, VA

DanO

10:20AM | 10/03/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** I hope you weren't affected much by Hurricane Juan... I'm not sure where up there you're located. **

Not at all as far as I could tell. I'm in the Great Lakes area.

Dan O.

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