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Rust on back of drum

I have the opportunity to purchase this dryer but I noticed that the back of the drum is rusty. How hard is it to fix this? Do I need to replace the whole drum? If I did it myself, how hard would that be. Is it worth the cost?

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Re: rust on back of drum

Best thing to try is scrubbing with a dry plastic scourer (scotchbrite) and see if the rust is just a tiny bit on the surface or if there is quite deep rust. if the rust is shallow and comes off easily, once you have scrubbed it off, it is relatively unlikely to come back, possibly once more, then you should find it is gone for ever. If the rust is deep and hard to remove then the quality of the metal is either poor by design or by lack of quality control. you can find all sorts of products to stop or cover the rust - if you wanted to paint it, clean as much rust off as possible first, buy a "rust converter" product from a hardware store and a really good quality enamel paint designed for metal with a primer. try a small patch first just to check it is ok when you dry a load. Replacing the drum itself is technically relatively simple, however there are numerous other parts which have to be moved or detached and some replaced, so unless you have easy access to spares then it is not worth the trouble, and the labour bill will not be realistic compared to a new dryer. replacement drums can probably be found, although kenmore are particularly well known for a lack of spares support - prices can vary hugely depending on the number left in stock and the number of that model that were made in the first place. I would be surprised to get one for less than $100 - more like $200. properly done, painting works fine, so it is a good cheap option. Hope this helps - ask again if you need more help, and see if you can post a photo of the rust. :)

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