Stainless-steel appliances are a popular choice among decorators and homeowners. stainless-steel offers a sleek element of design to the kitchen. Creating the look of stainless-steel on an existing refrigerator is possible. It is much less expensive to change a refrigerator to a stainless-steel look than it is to buy a new refrigerator. Applying Thomas' Stainless-steel-paint to the surface recreates the look of stainless-steel without the cost. If you have a dated color appliance, say from circa 1978 -- it's time for a change.

Thomas' satinless paint isn't just for refrigerators; stainless-steel offers a sleek and modern look in a kitchen, utility room or anywhere else that you have an appliance. stainless-steel refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washers or dryers fit into any design theme ranging from modern to classic. If you are handy, do it yourself type homeowner, you will be able to complete this relatively easy project in a day. No one will ever know that your old refrigerator, dishwasher or stove is hiding under than shiny new stainless-steel coating. Thomas' Stainless-steel-paint is easy to use and leaves a beautiful coating behind.

You Will Need



Rag or paper towel

Low-tack masking tape


Zinsser Primer

Thomas' Stainless-steel-paint

Stir stick

Foam brush

Foam paint roller

Foam squeegee

Top coat

Preparing the Appliance for Stainless-steel-paint

Clean the exterior surface of the refrigerator with an equal mixture of ammonia and water and a rag or paper towel. Scrub away surface dirt and stains.

Remove door pulls, handles and knobs or use low-tack masking tape to cover them and protect them from paint.

Priming and Painting Appliances with Thomas's Paint

Apply a coat of Zinsser primer to non-metal refrigerators. Metal refrigerators do not require primer. Test the refrigerator to determine if it is metal by placing a magnet on the surface, if the magnet sticks, the surface is metal. Allow the primer to dry fully generally, two to three hours before applying Stainless-steel-paint.

Shake and stir Stainless-steel-paint. Use a stir stick to stir opened paint.

Apply a coat of Stainless-steel-paint with a foam brush to the interior facings. Start at the top of the framework and make one sweeping brush stroke. Paint in only one direction. Open the refrigerator door and begin on the flat inside surfaces facing you. Do not paint interior shelves or drawers.

Apply a coat of Stainless-steel-paint to the sides and front of the refrigerator with a foam paint roller. Apply paint in long strokes from the top of the refrigerator to the bottom. stainless-steel appliance paint oftentimes comes as a kit and all brushes and rollers are in the kit.

Pull a foam squeegee from the top of the refrigerator to the bottom to remove excess paint and air bubbles.

Allow the first coat to dry completely, typically one hour. Apply a second coat of Stainless-steel-paint, pull the foam squeegee through the paint and allow it to dry for one hour. Apply a third coat of Stainless-steel-paint using the same method as you did with the first two coats. Allow the third coat of Stainless-steel-paint to dry for a minimum of two hours.

Open the can of stainless-steel top coat and stir with a stir stick. Do not shake the top coat because it will promote the formation of air bubbles in the top coat.

Apply the top coat with the foam roller brush to the entire Stainless-steel-paint surface. Pull the foam squeegee through the top coat to smooth and remove excess top coat. Paint one to three coats of top coat depending on the look you want. One coat will provide a satin finish. Two coats will provide a semi-gloss finish and three coats will provide a high gloss finish.

Allow the final coat to dry for a minimum of two hours prior to closing doors and removing tape or reinstalling door pulls.


Cut the edges of the tape with a utility knife to prevent pulling the Stainless-steel-paint off the surface.