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Bottom of GE interior door microwave is burnt/rusted

On the bottom of the inside of the door, the whole length is rusted/burnt and flaking.  Is my microwave still safe?  Should I be replacing the whole microwave or is just replacing the door cost effective?  My microwave is only about 3 or 4 years old.  Wish I'd kept the receipt so I'd know.  Many thanks.

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  • sheltiegirl0 Nov 25, 2008

    Thanks so much.  I'm sure that solution will make it look good again.  I just want to be sure that my family is absolutely safe.  Appreciate your time.

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Just use sand paper to clean the rust then use some high temperature paint (sold in tins) eg spray paint but it must be labeled high temperature and spray 2 to 3 coats . your microwave should be safe again

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