Question about GE GSH22JFR Side by Side Refrigerator
How do I clean the door handles and restore them to the original white color?
The brillant person posted the perfect solution. We just tried it this weekend. The plastic composite on the handles is not UV protected plastic, so it yellows or turns brown over time. You can't clean it, as it's a defect due to light exposure. We downloaded a diagram of our fridge and learned how to take off the handles. The top and bottom white portions pop off, but be careful when doing so. We gently lifted them off the metal backing and put a butter knife underneath so we would not damage the plastic. You can then see the clips that hold them in place. Gently pry them and they will pop out. You have to remove the top and bottom pieces first then it will expose the screws that hold the handles in place. You need a star type screwdriver-we found one at Home Depot. The metal strip is a simple backing and will just stay in place. Now, the key is the Krylon Fusion paint-Satin White, like the one person wrote. It's for plastic. Clean off the handles and make sure they are dry. Tape off the portions you don't want paint on and spray them outside with the paint. It dries quickly, but we waited about 8 hrs to put them back on. Just put them back on with the handles first and then the top and bottom portions-they cover the screws. Ours now look brand new! Cost? Only $6.50 for the can of paint and we got it at Walmart. If we had to replace them w/new handles? About $175. Thank you to whomever it was that shared this idea. It really works!
Posted on Jan 11, 2010
I had the same problem with the handles yellowing. I purchased the Krylon Fusion and painted the handles. It worked great and the handles look brand new. It sure was alot less expensive than buying the new ones. I bought the satin white in the spray paint. Even my husband was pleased with the results.
Posted on Jul 03, 2009
I think my handles "yellowed" because a friend tried to clean them with pure bleach... This is a NO NO NO! LIke a nylon blouse, it turned them almost orange and nothing helped. I decided to try medical strength peroxide straight out of the bottle, I just wiped it on and an hour later, it looked less orange so I just left the peroxide bottle out on the sink for the rest of the day, and whenever I thought of it, I wiped it on again and by the next day -- they were brlght white, just like new! I was thrilled as painting them did not appeal to me and nothing else I tried worked. (I did not try the baking soda paste, as I did not see that one when I was looking for help. Good luck.
Posted on Feb 06, 2013
Cleaning them just removes the paint! They are a yellow foam underneath and when you use abrasives or chemicals on them , it removes more paint revealing more yellow foam! Painting is the only fix/ thread.
Posted on Jan 05, 2014
I have tried everything to clean these handles. This refrigerator was a piece of junk from the onset. The fan on the ice maker has had to be replaced twice and the motor once. The ice maker has always leaked and frozen. This was extremely disappointing and I will not be buying GE products again!
Posted on Apr 05, 2008
Try using a dump cloth with some comet powder and rub the handles.
Posted on Dec 01, 2007
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