DIY: How to Repair a Rusty Clothes Dryer

If you’ve had your white clothes dryer for any length of time, you likely have some rust and scrapes on the top of it. Ours had been a mess for YEARS, and it always bothered me. After accomplishing our latest DIY though, I feel so silly for letting the rust annoy me for so long. Because you guys…THIS WAS THE EASIEST PROJECT EVER.

Seriously. We are not DIY-savvy, and our dryer now looks amazing!

TIME: 20 minutes

BEST PRACTICE (that we didn’t practice!): take your dryer outside so you don’t asphyxiate yourself!!


1.Sand your dryer.
Take your sander block and sand the rusty/scraped areas until smooth.

2.Wipe dryer clean.
Using your microfiber cloth, make sure to clean the area to be painted well. Don’t leave any particles behind!! You don’t want to have little bumps all over your new white dryer top.

3.Tape off vent/areas you don’t want to paint.
Using your painter’s tape, tape the vent opening and where the control panel meets the top.

4.Throw on your protective gear.
Glasses and mask will help so much. Sadly, we didn’t have masks, so we grabbed a box fan. It kind of helped.

5.Spray paint.
Spray the top of your dryer til you get a good, white covering. We kind of just went for it…sprayed in spurts, observed it, and sprayed more where we needed to. I’m sure there is probably a rule about how long to let dry between coats, so go ahead and follow whatever the can says. Or go rogue like we did and just spray it on.

6.Paint vent cover.
If the lint/vent cover thing is also in need of a coat of paint (ours was), take a trash bag, tape it around the lint collector part so you don’t paint the screen-looking thing, and take it outside and spray it down.

THAT IS IT!!!! Like, so quick and easy! A huge transformation for basically NO work. I’m in love. After the paint starts drying, remove the painter’s tape and let the paint dry overnight.

Also–is it not amazing that the color of the paint exactly matched??? We didn’t think it’d be a great match, but we knew it’d look better than rust does, so we went for it. But it turned out way better than we ever imagined!

Have you ever painted an appliance? How did it go?

Is the top of your clothes dryer a rusty mess? Transform it and make it look BRAND NEW in less than 20 minutes. Here’s a super quick, easy DIY that you really can’t mess up. #DIY #howto #homeproject

Tags: diy, dryer, repair, rusty

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    • Bernadette
    • April 25, 2020

    Thank you so much for this post! It was so easy and inexpensive! I’m just kicking myself for not doing this sooner! My dryer now looks like new again! I no longer use stain sprays over either the washer or dryer. I am so glad I found your site!!

      • Meghan
      • April 27, 2020

      Awww yay!! So glad it worked for you too! 🙂 🙂

    • Mary Ellen Wechter
    • October 24, 2023

    thank you so much! my washer dryer look perfect. i’m so pleased!! wish i could send you pictures.

      • Meghan
      • January 25, 2024

      Yay! Send me the pics!

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I'm Meghan. I am an average mom.

I'm Meghan. I am an average mom.

I am a wife and mama of two, just trying to keep everyone decently happy and content. I love scrapbooking, reading, the elusive date night, and iced coffees.
I'm Meghan. I am an average mom.