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Non-Stick surface peeling off inside microwave.

GE Model Number JES1231 The non-stick surface inside of microwave has completely peeled off under the glass rotating plate What type of materail can I use to resurface. Would a heat resistant enamel work?

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Re: Non-Stick surface peeling off inside microwave.

Normally you can strip and sand the old paint, get it squeaky clean, and use appliance paint. Yes indeed it is a heat-resistant enamel. You can get it from appliance parts stores, Wal-Mart, or home centers, etc. BUT if it's under warranty I would call GE Customer Relations with your model and serial numbers. They're at 1-800-386-1215 (8-6 ET) and I would also suggest you ask them for a referral to a GE-authorized servide center in your area. Good luck. I appreciate your thoughtful rating of this answer.

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