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How to remove rust from microwave door?

You wouldn't eat food from a rusty can, as it is inherently dangerous. On the same note, rust inside a microwave oven can lead to serious problems if not addressed immediately.

Rust on the outside of the microwave isn't an issue, unless it eats its way through to the interior cavity, allowing arcing and radiation to escape the microwave. As long as the interior of the microwave oven remains sealed and intact, microwave radiation poses no threat to humans; you can sand and repair its interior.

Microwave Exposure

Microwaves are part of the electromagnetic spectrum operating at between 300-megahertz and 300-gigahertz frequencies; they're everywhere. Police use them to catch speeders, cell phone and television companies use them to transmit their signals between towers and food companies make potato chips using microwave radiation. Microwave ovens employ this same technology to heat food, which can also heat human tissue, causing burns when a person is directly exposed to certain frequencies.

The cavity of the microwave oven is outfitted with metal and covered by a paint. The metal bounces the microwaves inside the oven to heat the food. Rusted parts on the interior will still bounce the waves, but the longer the rust has a presence, the more it can grow. Once the paint inside the oven cavity begins to chip, oxygen bonds with the metal to form rust. Once rust forms, it weakens the metal and breaks it down. Continual use of a microwave oven with a rusted interior is an accident waiting to happen.

Remove the Rust and Repaint

Examine the interior of the oven cavity carefully. If any of the rust spots have small pinholes, you cannot repair the oven, you must replace it.

Some microwaves have known paint-chipping issues, and their manufacturers often recommend replacing the microwave. But with the advancements in paint technology, you can use a special food-safe microwave cavity paint to repaint the oven's interior. Once you notice any paint chipping or rust, remove the rust to prepare the cavity for painting. Your work's success depends on how well you prepare the surface before painting.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for all prep work and paint application. The following is an overview of the basic process with some appliance spray paints.


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