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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Know its a year later, but I have the manual, and will look through it if still interested. Just wondering why you would be replacing the handles? I have this refrgerator and it has held up well and really have no problems or complaints,...except for those darn handles! They work perfectly, but the white began to slowly wear off soon after I bought it,...revealing an unsightly beige rubber color. I've even resorted to spray painting the handles,...a very time consuming process, just taping all around them. It would last and look good for a few months,...but then it was back to that beige, rubbery worn off look again. Would love to swap out the handles for some new ones,...just wondering if you are or were having the same complaint with this model's handles
That yellow coloring is most likely a result of the white paint coming off, and the yellow plastic color showing underneath. Other than painting them with a good paint, which you would have to ask a paint expert for the proper type, my suggestion is to replace the handles altogether.
Hi and welcome to FixYa I am Kelly. I can tell you from many many years of experience and from my very own refrigerator having the handles turn yellow that it does not seem to mater what you use they are just a lighter shade of yellow after cleaning. It is frustrating even from an old salt of 40 + years doing in-home Appliance repairmans' point of view. Mainly because nothing seems to work. I have relinquished myself to just replacing the handles if they are really yellow. Maybe some other expert has found the golden clue of "How to" get rid of the yellow handles. My experience has not been successful.
If you provide me with a Model number I can provide you with a couple of sources for your handles. I do not think GE is going to replace them for you. I have not seen them replace any under warranty for being yellow. They have replaced them when there was shipment damage.
you should check out www.applianceart.com, they have vinyl and magnetic solutions that can cover your appliance in a new color or pattern. They even have a stainless steel option for refrigerators too.
Spray with clorox all purpose cleaner and scrub it with hot or warm damp wash cloth.If the handles are plastic, Krylon makes an excellent line of spray
paint products that bonds to plastic and adheres to the surface. Most
spray paint products only coat the plastic and on a surface like a
handle that will be used constantly, is easily scratched or peeled. The
Krylon plastic paint bonds to the plastic surface and is very durable.
The one down side is if you paint the handles and don't like the
results, there is no going backwards, you can't remove the paint once
it has cured.
Your original repairman must have looked up a similar model without the snack door. The handle of couse would have also been listed, but this is difficult since A. You do not give your model number and B. (maybe not as bad) we don't know what model number he used when he ordered your door(s). Please list the complete model number of your refrig. (from sticker inside fresh food compartment) and I'll try to help.