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Old 01-25-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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Rust on s/s refrigerator hinge

We have a '00 Fleetwood Pace Arrow Vision 36B.

We notice that there is rust on the interior circular hinge located at the buttom of the freezer door and also a bit of rust on this same hinge on the refrigerator door.

How can we remove the rust and keep it from developing again?

The interior hinge on both doors is a tan color - after removing the rust, what type of paint can we use to touch it up?

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Jim and Susan
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You might try some CLR to clean it up and then a good micromist lubricant/protectant that will prevent moisture from reaching the hinge and not rusting.
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I'm wondering...is the stainless refrig all stainless? If so, the hinges shouldn't rust. Did you check the hinges with a magnet to see if they are steel instead of stainless? Could the hinges be replaced with real stainless hinges?
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I'm wondering...is the stainless refrig all stainless? If so, the hinges shouldn't rust. Did you check the hinges with a magnet to see if they are steel instead of stainless? Could the hinges be replaced with real stainless hinges?
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Lower grades of Stainless steel contains a higher amount of ferrite (lower amounts of chromium and nickle) which is what is rusting. Unless it's a complete covering of rust, the hinges can still be made from stainless steel. Your best bet is WD-40 and a good cleaning.
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Lower grades of Stainless steel contains a higher amount of ferrite (lower amounts of chromium and nickle) which is what is rusting. Unless it's a complete covering of rust, the hinges can still be made from stainless steel. Your best bet is WD-40 and a good cleaning.
And I also understand that the steel tooling that shapes (bends) the SS gives off microscopic amounts of steel which rust. As mentioned, several cleanings should help but not with "steel wool"
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DG is dead on in the quality of stainless grades, and it makes deciding what rod to use to weld stainless a nightmare, some grades are magnetic, some are not and it depends on the composition. They make aluminum wool that works well polishing brushed stainless, but you will probably have to get it online somewhere, I haven't seen it readily available. If you use that and then put on a good coat of carnuba wax it will keep the rust away for a while, but will need rewaxed and maybe repolished every now and then. Good luck!
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Rust on Inside Hinge of Side by Side Refrigerator

Thanks for all your replies. I must clarify that our refrigerator is not stainless steel on the outside, it is wood that matches the rest of our cabinets. I think I threw some folks off when referring to our refrigerator as "S/S" - I meant it's a side by side, not stainless.

The lower circular hinge "seat" inside each of the doors is some type of metal. Just want to know the best way to remove the rust and then what type of paint to use to repaint the hinge in the tan color (if necessary).

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Remove the hinge and the rust. Prime and paint to match. Of coarse you will have to pick a time when you will not be using the refrigerator and can remove the door to get the hinge repairs made. Good luck and keep us posted.
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