Can this paint really be used on the drum? There seem to be conflicting answers to this same question. One answer says only a baked on enamel should be used and acrylic will ruin clothes. Others says this acrylic paint should be fine. So which is it, and how to be sure?
Answer Hello Rah. Yes, you can use 350938 inside the dryer drum. To do so, you must Remove the plastic baffles from the inside of the drum. Thoroughly sand the inside of the drum with 100 or 120 grit sandpaper. Special care is needed to remove all films and residues that will prevent the new paint from sticking to the drum. Clean the inside of the drum with a paint thinner such as toluene that won't leave a residue. Buy an aerosol can of gray paint (part number 350938) and apply one good coat of paint to the inside of the drum. Do not paint the outside of the drum. Put the drum out in the sun to dry. The paint needs to dry to a hard finish before you reassemble the dryer. Another option may to assemble the dryer and run it with no clothes in it to thoroughly dry the paint. That should only be done on an electric dryer, not gas.
The paint will wear off the inside of the drum after several years of use. Several other manufacturers use porcelain to avoid this problem. Whirlpool has attempted to deal with this deficiency in their later dryers by using coatings other than enamel paint but all of the older machines have paint.
The concern with metal showing through the paint is that it can rust and put stains on your clothes. You have two options: (1) Use fabric softener sheets containing silicone that you throw in with your clothes while drying or (2) attempt to repaint the dryer drum. The fabric softener leaves a thin film that prevents rust from forming between loads. Rust is encouraged when wet or damp clothes are left in the dryer for several hours.