Stainless steel appliances are attractive and easy to clean due to the flat smooth surface. Older appliances like ovens, refrigerators and microwaves can yellow and become dingy over the years. Covering appliances with flexible sheets of stainless steel film transforms the front and sides of appliances to appear as new stainless items. This is an inexpensive alternative to purchasing new items for the clean lines and professional appearance of a stainless kitchen.
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Things you need
- Dish soap
- Measuring tape
- Spray bottle with water
- Utility knife
Mix dish soap and water to form a soapy mixture. Dip a dishcloth into the soapy mixture and clean all surfaces of the appliance to be covered.
Measure the width and height of each side of the appliance and add 1/2 inch to each measurement. This will be the cutting size of the appliance cover. Cut the flexible stainless steel cover to size with scissors. Lay the cut steel film on a flat surface.
Peel the backing from the top left corner of the flexible stainless steel sheet. Pull the backing down to remove it from the bottom left corner. Peel about 6 inches from the left side and leave it hanging down.
Fill a spray bottle with water and spray a thin water coating on the appliance surface. Stick the top left corner of the film onto the appliance surface, aligning the edge with the edge of the surface.
Smooth the film down with your hand to work out any air bubbles. Stick the bottom left corner on the surface aligning the edges and corner.
Grasp the backing with your right hand and place your left hand on the left side to hold the steel sheet to the appliance. Pull the backing firmly off to the right while smoothing the cover with a plastic squeegee. Continue this process working out all air bubbles for a smooth finish to the right side of the surface. The extra 1/2 inch of film will now be hanging off the right side of the appliance surface.
Place a yardstick on the front right side of the appliance at the right vertical edge of the surface. Slide a utility knife along the yardstick from the top to bottom of the appliance cover to cut the steel sheet off evenly with the appliance's edge. Repeat this process for additional surfaces on the appliance.
Tips and warnings
- Reposition the film to remove wrinkles by warming the film with a blow dryer to release the backing bond.
- Cut any excess film off at corners and press firmly together at butt joints. A butt joint is the vertical junction of two sides at a corner.
- Appliances with a textured surface will retain a slight textured appearance after the application of stainless steel film.
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