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Outside of fridge door turns brown in color with high humidity

Outside of fridge door turns brown in color when very humid .... terrible mess and is very difficult to remove!!! Model #RTW189RRW-1

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  • ljgamble Jul 26, 2009

    Not mold....the color reminds you of rust bleeding thru the paint.

  • ljgamble Jul 26, 2009

    How do I fix the problem can I paint the fridge door????

  • Da Builder May 11, 2010

    Mold or rust?

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Check your door seals or for cracks in plastic shelves. Sounds like condensation getting to metal causing rust.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

  • Da Builder Jul 26, 2009

    Once you stop the condensation. If door looks good after cleaning just apply a good grade car wax and buff. Will clean easy afterwards. Could paint but would bevery hard to match the shade of white, would have to paint whole fridge not to look funny.

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