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zorbazorba Senior MemberPosts: 24,986 Senior Member
If we end up with this house my wife has found, we are going to have to do "something" about the blasted STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. Before I go to the expense of simply replacing them, what about painting them? I assume I'd realistically need to have them painted professionally - would that be cost effective? Maybe I can buy painted replacement skins from the MFG - or swap them into one of our rental units. Any creative ideas that would actually work are welcome - they're otherwise nice appliances. What was the idiot who put them in thinking? :vomit:
-Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

"If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
)O(
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,986 Senior Member
    "good looking" and "stainless appliances" is a contradiction in terms!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    What were they thinking?
    A. Most people these days want stainless or black for their appliances.
    B. I'm going to make more money with stainless over other colors.

    Like it or not, you're in the minority with your aesthetic choices.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,143 Senior Member
    What were they thinking?
    A. Most people these days want stainless or black for their appliances.
    B. I'm going to make more money with stainless over other colors.

    Like it or not, you're in the minority with your aesthetic choices.

    Last year we remodeled our kitchen from floor to ceilin, all stainless steel appliances, looks great. Either swap out or get new if you dislike it that much
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    ...Like it or not, you're in the minority with your aesthetic choices.

    And that is a news flash to you...? :jester:
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  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Scuff it up good, wipe it down to remove any/all oil (including finger prints), alcohol wipe down, tape and Krylon. Wonders can be done.
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Depends on how deep you want to get. There are high quality 1:1 epoxy primers that will stick after you rough it up. Then lay down your white, puke green, faded old lady pink or whatever color you prefer.

    Of course the good stuff requires a HVLP gun so probably not a good idea in the kitchen.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    roadking wrote: »
    And that is a news flash to you...? :jester:
    Not to me, but Zorba's a bit hard-headed on how he thinks things should look and be.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    unless you have painted (competently) before, or, if you really don't care what it looks like so long as it's not 'stainlessy' DO NOT PAINT IT YOURSELF!

    Frankly, I feel there is less heartache and angst in just replacing the units in question.

    If you MUST paint it yourself, get thee to an automotive refinish supply store, post haste! They will walk you through it, step by step as well as pointing you to components that will actually work together.

    Surface prep will be key. This cannot be overstated. You WILL have to rough up the surface to be painted (probably with 240 grit, then 480) followed with a THOROUGH cleaning of the sanded surface with a prep solvent. Followed by another. And another. Because of it's composition, stainless presents adhesion problems just by it's very nature, so overkill inn the prep department is the order of the day.

    Anybody can paint stainless. Few will do it correctly.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,046 Senior Member
    Grit your teeth and deal with it.

    And remember "I'm not in California... I'm not in California..."
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Use some adhesive backed wall-paper like stuff/shelf coverings (fire proof?) and just cover or decorate, that or buy one helluva big batch of magnets and stickers :tooth:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,502 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    You could have vinyl decals made up and put over the stainless. Like the way the wrap cars these days.

    Beat me to it!
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    You'll probably need a self-etching primer, and I'd recommend a 2-part epoxy paint in whatever color you want. DuPont IMRON polyurethane enamel or whatever modern equivalent they have now will be just about bulletproof, and the finish will probably outlast the appliances. Ditto on getting a professional paint shop in the game- - - -surface prep and application of the primer and paint is absolutely essential to getting good results.
    Jerry
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    You could have vinyl decals made up and put over the stainless. Like the way the wrap cars these days.

    Not a bad idea. The stuff actually goes on like window film and might be the easiest and cheapest solution.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,749 Senior Member
    coolgunguy wrote: »
    unless you have painted (competently) before, or, if you really don't care what it looks like so long as it's not 'stainlessy' DO NOT PAINT IT YOURSELF!

    Frankly, I feel there is less heartache and angst in just replacing the units in question.

    If you MUST paint it yourself, get thee to an automotive refinish supply store, post haste! They will walk you through it, step by step as well as pointing you to components that will actually work together.

    Surface prep will be key. This cannot be overstated. You WILL have to rough up the surface to be painted (probably with 240 grit, then 480) followed with a THOROUGH cleaning of the sanded surface with a prep solvent. Followed by another. And another. Because of it's composition, stainless presents adhesion problems just by it's very nature, so overkill inn the prep department is the order of the day.

    Anybody can paint stainless. Few will do it correctly.

    This.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    Grit your teeth and deal with it.

    And remember "I'm not in California... I'm not in California..."


    Actually, this is the cheapest and easiest idea....
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Well, if the SS must go, I'm sure you can find some used White or Avocado Green colored appliances in the repair shops and they will probably trade you even stevens :tooth:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,749 Senior Member
    coolgunguy wrote: »

    Frankly, I feel there is less heartache and angst in just replacing the units in question.
    .

    But truly........this.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    You could have vinyl decals made up and put over the stainless. Like the way the wrap cars these days.

    Contact paper. Like we covered textbooks with back in the day.
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  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    The conversation between the secretary and the paint shop owner


    Hey Bob. Need you up here.

    I'm pretty busy, Susan.

    No. Really.

    I said I'm busy.

    I've got a grown ass man with a beard, painted nails, earrings, who's wearing a skirt who wants a price to paint his stainless appliances.

    Seriously, Susan, I don't have time for these stupid games.


    You wouldn't believe the crap that we ended up filling, sanding, priming, painting and covering in bedliner. Guitars, shoes, helmets, tool boxes, entrance doors, patio furniture, movie props (including mags from a gun used by Kate Bekinsale in "Underworld", a "Captain America" shield, and a restoration of Han Solo frozen in carbbonite) a couple of coffins, a coffin-shaped container for a roasted pig, cans, bottles, various fiberglass creations of local artists (Just clearcoat for these), and, believe it or not, appliances on one occasion. Oh yeah, vehicles too.

    The surprise won't be what's brought in....
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Bigger space. You'd want my face full size. The fridge is too narrow. The oven window would mess up the picture

    Besides, the dishwasher is not only hot, but steamy.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,690 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Bigger space. You'd want my face full size. The fridge is too narrow. The oven window would mess up the picture

    How about a life-sized picture of you in those bike shorts on the fridge?
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,046 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    I vote for Alumahyde. Coyote would look GREAT!:cool2:

    And get the stencils to do it in digital camo
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,767 Senior Member
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil: For I carry a .308 and not a .270
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,666 Senior Member
    Sell them, buy new.
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • philo426philo426 Member Posts: 422 Member
    Epoxy paint is very durable after adequate surface prep but you have to mask off the controls.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,423 Senior Member
    Krylon FUSION. It's a special paint and comes in a good selection of colors. It was designed to stick to plastic, so stainless should NOT be an issue.

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    olesniper wrote: »

    Thar you go, I figured something like that was out there and a handy woman or her obeying husband can swap it out to their hearts content!
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • JRLJRL Member Posts: 355 Member
    Contact paper.

    Comes in wood grain, avocado, etc... All the popular colors.


    Easy to apply... Peel and stick !
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    Sell them, buy new.

    Craigslist!

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,911 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    Craigslist!

    D

    Yeah, I agree with that. If your appliances are fairly new and in very good condition you should be able to sell them quickly for enough cash to soften the blow of buying new. It seems that stainless and black are popular finishes lately. Wifey and I prefer white.
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    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
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