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Oven vents on front are stained and ugly. How do I clean them?

I gave my Mom a Maytag Self-cleaning Oven in 2001 as a Christmas Gift. This now 7 year old oven has in time formed ugly brown stains just above the small front oven vents openings and these stains look really bad. The rest of the oven and stove top look great. However these stains make it appear dirty even though the stained areas are each only about 2 inches across. I have tried Goof Off and brushes but they do no good. I do not want to scratch the paint but so far have had no luck getting these stains removed. I would really like to clean this oven for her and get rid of these stains. Does anyone know how to remove these stains?

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  • David Kado Dec 29, 2008

    Thanks for your assistance. My only question now is would it be better to use Bisque colored touch-up paint to cover it? Or would that just make it look worse? The areas are about 2" across and there are 2 of them each one is only about 1/4 of an inch high. So they are both small areas but really look bad.

  • David Kado Dec 30, 2008

    Thanks for letting me know. I am going to have to think about it. There really is no long term fix as either way the ugly stain mark will reappear. One thing I am sure about. If I ever buy another range I will be paying close attention to location of the vents. You would think that in 2008 almost 2009 there must be companies that have recognized this problem. Seems like the vents could be located where there would be no paint that would stain. Thanks for your help.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I took off and disassembled the door the Maytag Oven Door on New Years Day. It turns out that the oven vents are located on a PLASTIC part that would not be paintable. O decided to replace the part #778537 that was about $30 from
    Also decided to replace the oven door trim insert (also very stained) since it was only $8 (part # 778514) . I decided painting plastic parts was not a good idea. Also this Maytag Oven, Model Number MER5770AAA, oddly seems to be called Almond at times and also Bisque color. So was not sure what color paint I would need. Does anyone know if Almond and Bisque are in fact that same color when it comes to Appliances such as Oven/Ranges??



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Sorry but you wont be able to remove the "stain" what has happend is the paint used by maytag has become discolored from the oven vent heat and the only way to correct it is to replace the panel. they are available but for about 80 bucks. you could try to paint the panel but it will do it again.

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    Tom Zwiebel Dec 30, 2008

    the touch up paint is made for chips out of a thick area and wont look very good for your flat area. if you can go to an appliance parts store, they will have a spray can type paint that would look betterbut will also discolor after a few uses of the oven. either way i would recommend the spray paint over a touch up bottle.
    if you dont havd a parts house close, then go to a hardware store and try to get the closest color you can in a spray paint enamel.


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My Kitchen Aid Convection oven did the same thing. Where the vents are located at the top of the oven door all turned yellow. The Magic Eraser does not work. I tried several other cleaners and had no luck. This stove cost 2800.00 and the knobs were a problem too. After two months the marks for the temperature settings all came off. They were grey painted markings on white knobs. Very disappointed!! Thought Kitchen Aid was reputable!

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