How Do I Remove A Dent From A Stainless Steel Refrigerator?
One of the things that draws homeowners to a stainless steel refrigerator is its sleek, smooth surface. However, just one dent can ruin a stainless steel refrigerator’s appeal. Luckily, if your stainless steel refrigerator has a dent, this is usually a fixable issue.
To remove dents from stainless steel appliances you can use a suction cup dent remover, a can of air duster, or dry ice. No matter the method, ensure the dent is clean and dry. For the air duster or dry ice, you will need to first heat the dent with a hairdryer.
Stainless steel fridges can make an excellent statement in a kitchen, but unfortunately, they are prone to dents. In addition, the steel’s reflective surface makes dents even more noticeable. Before spending money on a pro, try these methods to get rid of that dent!
Remove the Dent With Compressed Air
One way to fix the dent in your stainless steel refrigerator is by using compressed air. You will need the following materials to remove the dent:
- A can of compressed air
- A damp cloth or sponge
Follow these steps to remove the dent from your stainless steel refrigerator:
Step 1: Clean the Dent
Using the damp cloth or sponge, clean the area on and around the dent. By cleaning first, you can remove any grease and grime before you heat the dent. Otherwise, the grease would heat up and hinder the dent removal process.
Step 2: Heat the Dent
Set your hair dryer on high and point it toward the dent for at least 30 seconds. Warming the dent gives the stainless steel time to expand.
Note: The area should be warm but not burn your hands if you attempt to touch it.
Step 3: Spray the Dent with Compressed Air
With the can upside down, spray the dent in your refrigerator door with compressed air. Keep the nozzle about 1 inch away from the dent. A thin sheet of ice will form over the dent where you sprayed the compressed air.
Note: Be careful to keep your hands back. The contents of the compressed air can be icy and will burn your hands. In fact, you might want to wear gloves as a precaution.
Step 4: Wait for the Ice to Melt
As time passes, the ice sheet should begin to melt and evaporate. This process will cause the stainless steel to contract and return to its original shape. You may even hear a popping sound as it becomes flat once again.
Step 5: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 If Necessary
If you don’t notice desired results right away, you may not have heated the stainless steel enough. Repeat steps 2 and 3 if your first attempt did not go as well as planned. If repeating the steps doesn’t work, try one of the other methods to remove the dent.
Remove the Dent With Dry Ice
If compressed air didn’t fix the dent in your stainless steel refrigerator, try dry ice instead.
You will need the following materials to remove the dent with dry ice:
- Dry ice
- A hairdryer
- A damp cloth or sponge
- A dry cloth
To remove the dent in your stainless steel refrigerator with dry ice, follow these steps:
Step 1: Purchase Dry Ice
You can find dry ice at many local hardware stores or grocery shops. Call ahead to make sure it is available for purchase. Be sure to take the dry ice home in a foam cooler, or it will evaporate during transport.
Step 2: Clean the Dent
Much like the process of removing the dent with compressed air, clean the dent before attempting to remove it. Use a damp cloth or sponge to get rid of any grease or food buildup on the stainless steel.
Step 3: Heat the Dent
Use the hairdryer to heat the dent. Turn it on high and aim it at the desired area on the refrigerator. Do this for 30 seconds until the stainless steel is warm, but not hot.
Step 4: Apply Dry Ice to the Dent
Wearing gloves, place a piece of dry ice in the dry cloth. Wrap and twist the fabric slightly to make the dry ice easier to apply. This cloth cover makes a “dry ice pack” and prevents your refrigerator from being scratched by the dry ice.
Place the dry ice pack against the dent, applying light pressure. Move it around with circular motions for about thirty seconds to a minute. You should hear a “pop” when the stainless steel moves back into place.
Remove the Dent with Suction Tools
If heat and cold didn’t do the trick, try using suction tools to remove the dent in your refrigerator. You can use either a dent remover kit or use a suction cup, like a plunger.
To remove the dent in your stainless steel refrigerator with a dent remover kit, follow these steps:
Step 1: Purchase the Dent Remover Kit
Before you attempt to fix the dent, you’ll need to buy a dent remover kit. You can purchase these kits at local hardware stores, Walmart, or Amazon. These typically cost anywhere from $15 to $30.
To ensure the finish isn’t tarnished in the dent removal process, purchase a paintless dent tool kit.
Note: Be sure to purchase a kit with a bar rather than one large, heavy-duty suction cup. The latter works best for cars, and the bar functions very well on refrigerators.
Step 2: Clean the Area
The dent remover kit will most likely come with a cleaning solution. Typically, this is rubbing alcohol. Using a cloth, rub the alcohol on the dent and the area around it.
For this dent removal method, you’ll be using glue. This is why it is extra important to make sure the area is free of any dirt and grime.
Note: Cleaning your refrigerator with rubbing alcohol may remove the finish. If this is a concern for you, try scrubbing with soap and water. Make sure to really scrub to remove all dirt so that the glue can stick.
Step 3: Glue the Suction Cup
Using a hot glue gun, add glue to the suction cup from the dent remover kit. When choosing the suction cup to use, make sure to pick one slightly larger than the dent. Place the suction cup on the dent before the glue has dried.
Step 4: Attach the Bar
The dent remover kit comes with a bar that attaches to the suction cup screw. Place the bar on top of the screw. Lightly tighten the knob that comes with the kit over the bar and on the screw.
Step 5: Adjust the Bar Plates
The bar has two plates on either end. These should be adjustable. Adjust so that the plates are as close to the suction cup as possible.
Adjusting the plates will prevent metal around the dent from warping as you remove the dent.
Step 6: Tighten the Knob
Once the plates are in place, secure the knob tightly. As you tighten the knob, pressure is put on the suction cup, eventually removing it. This pressure will cause the metal to move slowly back into place.
Step 7: Repeat as Needed
This process slowly fixes the dent. You will have to repeat several times for the metal to achieve the smoothness you desire.
Remove the Dent with a Regular Suction Cup
If you’d prefer to save money, skip buying the dent remover kit and use a suction cup instead. To remove the dent with a suction cup, follow these steps:
Step 1: Clean the Dent
Keeping with the other methods, clean the dent before you attempt to remove it. Use a moist cloth to wipe down the area. The damp metal will provide a positive seal for the suction cup.
Step 2: Apply the Suction Cup
Place the suction cup or plunger over the dent. Flex the suction cup in and out a few times to ensure that it is secure.
Step 3: Release the Suction Cup
Once the suction cup is secure, remove it from the dent firmly. This action should pull the metal back into its original shape.
If none of these do-it-yourself methods work for you, it may be time to call in a professional to remove the dent.
How much does it cost to repair a refrigerator door dent?
Costs to repair refrigerator door dents vary depending on the size and location of the dent. A smaller dent can cost less than $100 for an expert to repair. However, larger dents or dents that prevent the refrigerator from closing properly could run closer to $200 or more.
Can you pop a dent out from behind?
Some car dents can be fixed by applying boiling water, reaching behind the dent, and popping it out. However, it is unlikely this method will work on a stainless steel refrigerator dent. If using heat, stick to the hairdryer and dry ice or compressed air method.
Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent's former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.
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