GE Washer Tub is rusting


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Looking for inner (spinner tub) and outer tub replacements. Looks like Pn's AP2047534 and 7535 which are listed as not

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Old 01-23-2011, 04:00 PM
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Default GE Washer Tub is rusting
Model Number: wwa8360vclha   Brand: -brand-   Age: More than 10 years   

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Looking for inner (spinner tub) and outer tub replacements.
Looks like Pn's AP2047534 and 7535 which are listed as not easily available. There is a repair kit AP2620977. What is that?
My inner tub has rust where the holes were punched thru the tub. The outer tub is rusting thru to the point of drips. Current patch is RTV.

Unit is 30 years old. Works ok other than the rust marks on clothes and the threat of further tub leaks. Is there a graveyard for washers somewhere like there is for old cars?

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Old 01-24-2011, 05:15 PM
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Wow, 30 years is great.

The graveyard in question is a scrap metal dealer, who will give you a few bucks for it, which you can apply to a nice new machine.

Congrats on the long life of the washer.
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:17 PM
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Smile No replacement / cure for rusty tubs?

I gather that the suggestion is to sell my 30 Year old GE by the pound.
Not ready for that , yet.

A new Whirlpool unit that will duplicate the features (selectible fill level, agitation speed, water temp) I have on the old GE, is about $800. I am on well/septic with iron removal and softened water. Other new units want you to use much less water which doesn't clean really dirty/greasy/grimy clothes and also makes waste water plumbing not function optimally. The water holding systems for well and septic rely on flow in the system to keep the water "fresh". So, perhaps my next approach is the rust encapsilator paint or rust converter coating, as it is the "punch through" hole sharp edges in the drum that put round ring stains on the clothes.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:32 AM
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Well if you are determined to try and keep it for at least a while, I would try the paint that they sell to repair dishwasher racks.
It is made to withstand hot water and corrosion.
Each hole would have to be cleaned up of rust a small round wire brush or file should do it.
Then coat the inside of the hole with the paint. Try to get a small rim on the inside of the tub as this will help hold the paint in place.

If you want to paint the entire inside of the drum then it will have to be sanded to rough it up as nothing will stick to the tubs enamel.
Also I do not know what paint would be best for this.

You still have a hole in the outer tub.
The only way I can see fixing this long term is from the inside and and trying to pull apart a 30 year unit that has never been repaired is probably going to be a bear. I would also depend where the leak is.

If it has rusted through then odds are it will also have rust in other areas.

Looking at the amount of work involved and no guarantee that it will last very long I also would be shopping for a new unit.
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Smile 30 year old GE Washer Rust repairs

Of course the easy way is to replace the drums but, since I am not getting positive feedback on the drum availablity, then it is paint and patch time.
The leaks in the outer drum are in the low "ring" channel just beyond the gearbox attachment in the center. Water has a tencdency to sit in that area. It is bubbly rust so I have base material to work with. I dried it out and covered inside and outside with automotive grade black gasket rated RTV. Seems to hold for now. The paint solution for the inner holes is labor intensive but I might get away with wire brushin and painting from the outside. Is the dishwasher paint superior to some of those classic car rust encapsilator primers or the rust converter coatings? Some of those coatings and treatments are zinc rich and chemically turn the rust (iron oxide to zinc oxide), others just penetrate and act like an epoxy finish.

Thanks for the dialog. Wish there was a used appliance grave yard where you could get used parts for old machines.
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