How to Hide Scratches on a Stainless Steel Fridge

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How to Hide Scratches on a Stainless Steel Fridge
Scratches mar stainless steel refrigerator panels. (réfrigérateur image by dead_account from Fotolia.com)

Stainless steel panels used on refrigerator doors come in a variety of polished, milled, and speciality finishes. While the random whirled texture of an angel hair or swirled finish hides scratches, scuffs stand out on low-lustre milled or highly polished stainless steel finishes. Replace deeply scratched panels, or hire a professional to refinish them. However, you can remedy light scratches and camouflage gashes with stainless steel polish and a heavy-duty scouring pad.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Stainless steel polish
  • Lint-free cloth or paper towel
  • Heavy-duty scouring pad

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wipe the surface down with a damp cloth to remove dust and grime.

  2. 2

    Squirt a small amount of stainless steel polish onto a clean paper towel or lint-free cloth. Rub the scratched area using gentle pressure. For very faint scratches, polish may obscure the mark sufficiently.

  3. 3

    Look for the polish lines. The polish lines on a smooth surface will run in one direction, similar to the grain of wood. If you cannot see the lines, shine a flashlight onto the stainless steel.

  4. 4

    Rub the scratch with a heavy-duty scouring pad, such as Scotch-Brite, in the direction of the grain or polish line. First apply gentle pressure. Check the surface periodically so that you do not over-scuff the surface.

  5. 5

    Finish the job by polishing the surface again. Buff with a clean cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • To prevent further damaging the surface, do not use steel wool or other abrasive metal pads.

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