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Scratched Fridge Door: How to repair them
Updated: Mar 7
Scratches on your sleek stainless steel fridge may appear over time. A scratched fridge door may, however, be dealt with in a few minutes. Most appliances are composed of home-grade stainless steel. Before attempting to remove scratches, verify with your manufacturer to see what sort of stainless steel you have.
Buff A Scratched Fridge Door
If the damage on your scratched fridge door is shallow, use a microfiber cloth and nonabrasive cleaning solutions to polish them out. Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleaner, 3M 36101 Perfect-It Gelcoat Heavy Cutting Compound, and whitening toothpaste are all advised by professionals. Comet and Revere Stainless Steel and Copper Cleaner are two recommended cleansers from How Stuff Works. If you're using a powdered fridge scratch remover, add water gradually until it becomes a paste consistency.
Use the grain cleaner on a microfiber cloth. Apply pressure to ensure that the cleaner gets into the scratched fridge door. If necessary, add more cleaner and keep rubbing until scratches are unnoticeable. Afterward, use a separate clean microfiber cloth dampened with water to remove any excess cleaner.
Making DIY Polish
If you want to buff out your scratched fridge door and polish it, there are many store-bought products that will do the job. However, if you're looking for a cheap and all-natural cleanser, flour and a soft cloth can work as well. Just make sure the surface is clean and dry before proceeding. Add a small amount of flour to the mix, then rub with the cloth in circular motions until you've added some shimmer or removed stains altogether.
Sanding Stainless Steel
If you have deeper damage on your scratched fridge door, then sandpaper can do the trick. Just make sure to select the right type of sandpaper based on your appliance's material and the depth of the scratch so that you don't cause more damage.
Only sand if you have plain, uncoated stainless steel; otherwise, this method could damage your appliance. If you have a fingerprint-resistant clear coat or simulated stainless steel, begin sanding on a less visible area with the grain using the finest grade of sandpaper and fluid.
If, after sanding your scratched fridge door for a few minutes, you don't see any progress being made, move up to a coarser grit. Once the scratches have been sanded away, blend and match the rest of the panel by continuing to sand it. Finally, once you're done with that entire process, spread on some stainless steel polish or cleaner.
You may also scratch your walls using wet sandpaper, which is advised by How Stuff Works. When moistening the sandpaper, make sure it's stated as such and dry sandpaper. Some sandpapers can only be used dry, or else wetting it will cause it to disintegrate and rip. Soak the sandpaper for at least 15 minutes before using it; alternatively, it may be soaked overnight.
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