Author Topic: Anybody ever fix a dent in a stainless steel fridge?  (Read 2915 times)

Zoot

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Anybody ever fix a dent in a stainless steel fridge?
« on: June 26, 2016, 08:11:34 AM »
So yeah, I dented the door in my stainless steel fridge.  It's a tiny dent--a slightly rectangular ding about 1/4" by 1/8"--but of course it's glaringly obvious in the otherwise perfect finish.

Mr. Google suggests two basic courses of action: (1) using a combination of heat and cold (usually a hair dryer and dry ice) to pop the thing out through expansion and contraction, and (2) using suction (via a toilet plunger or a glue/suction combo in dent repair kits), or a combination of the two (heat plus suction).

I've tried the heat plus suction thing (hair dryer and plunger) with little success.  I think it's a LITTLE better then when I started, but not much.

Has anybody ever managed to accomplish this task?  If so, how?  If DIY isn't an option, will dent repair companies (who I think usually and/or exclusively do cars) handle this kind of thing?

If the answer is "just learn to ignore it," should we do something more drastic like replace the door when it comes time to sell the house, or will anybody but me care?

Advice welcomed.  :)

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Re: Anybody ever fix a dent in a stainless steel fridge?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2016, 09:26:21 AM »
I have not ever fixed a dent in any refrigerator, regardless of material.  Nor have I ever been inclined to.

I did once see a fridge that had been given an automotive quality hot-rod flame paint job.  That was kind of cool, but in the end it was still just a refrigerator.

My advice is to follow my example.

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Re: Anybody ever fix a dent in a stainless steel fridge?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2016, 09:39:09 AM »
Some stainless appliances are still slightly magnetic. Can you find a magnet you like and cover up the dent? Or tape up some of your kids' artwork or a calendar?

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Re: Anybody ever fix a dent in a stainless steel fridge?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2016, 09:55:30 AM »
If DIY isn't an option, will dent repair companies (who I think usually and/or exclusively do cars) handle this kind of thing?

This was my first thought, but you won't know until you call them. It may be tougher or impossible since a fridge door isn't hollow, so I'm not sure how they'd get their tools in there.