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Question DetailsAsked on 9/16/2016

stainless steel frig door damage

tried a scratch removal kit and it made things worse

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[Response below is about reefers - stoves/ranges same story except generally no "replaceable panels" except sometimes on front of the back control panel standup section, so generally unless that model is still in production less likely to find replacement parts.]

Below is a link to a similar question with answer - but generally if a deep scratch (significantly deeper than any natural grooves in the metal if a textured as opposed to glass-finish surface), or a dent with any crease or sharp change of slope at the edge as opposed to a very gradual smooth-edged depression, repair to near-original condition is highly unlikely. Also, depressions that are large in area tend to be easier to pull out than small ones - but because that commonly means (especially in sides of reefers) that the foam or fiberglass insulation has been dented in also, that area is likely to push in to the same dent shape in the futurte much easier than it originally did.

Very gradual depression without any kinking or sharp change of slope at the edges, so just a minor shallow bowl-shaped depression, can sometimes be popped out with a powered vacuum puller - minimum service charge of typically $75-150 by an Appliance Repair - Large technician (with no guarantees it will work), or you can buy a somewhat less powerful vacuum suction cup dent puller yourself for about $5-10 at an auto parts store, Amazon, etc.

Light scratches or marring of the surface without actual gouging or incised "cut" scratches can commonly be polished out to a near match - but generally will still be detectable at least as a change in reflectivity or texture, though perhaps not enough to catch the eye if you don't know where it was.

As many people have found out, DIY scratch removal kits in normal homeowner hands commonly do more damage than good - unless you have some experience with polishing metal your results are not likely to be good.

Damage to removeable/reversible panels in doors can commonly be replaced - sometimes for around $100 range if the replacement panel for that model is still in production (plus installation if you don't want to DIY), or for about $250-400 if a custom panel has to be made up. Wrap-around door panels ditto to above but more expensive as a rule - can be up to $500-1000 installed for a custom bent panel for a full-height door when the OEM panels are no longer available - about half that or a bit more if still available.

If panels are replaceable and available still, the original manufacturer, SearsAtHome (sometimes labelled as Allen parts), and Whirlpool parts (usually labelled FSP parts) are common places to find them (and Sears and Whirlpool carry parts for many brands, not just theirs) - or through local appliance parts vendor, though this sort of thing will almost certainly be order from one of the above or similar website for an appliance parts warehouse. [FSP stands for Factory Specification Parts but is a Whirlpool tradename, regardless of which brand appliance it is made to fit - many parts fit several brands]

Sides of reefer generally not replaceable (but sometimes the entire casing can be replaced) because the insulating foam is commonly foamed-in-place inside the casing, so bonded to it. [Range/stove casing replaceable if still in production or in-stock somewhere]. Replacement with custom-bent stainless sheet as an overlay probably possible but going to be noisy if bumped into, and probably as much or more than the value of the reefer. Commercial kitchen appliance and storage/shelving distributors would be the place to go for that if desired - they sometimes get new surface casings made for very expensive restaurant equipment that is damaged in moving or cleaning.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD



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