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Fixing Small Dings in Stainless Steel Panels


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#1 rbenash

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 04:51 PM

Relative of mine has a newly installed kitchen with a kitchen aid kfbs25ewms. She "customized" the right door today with a small ding. I would like to help her out. It's the right door.

I have read of a routine you can try where you heat with a heat gun then apply dry ice to shrink then stretch the molecules to basically pop out small dents.

 

Has anyone tried this - have advice?

 

Figured I would give this a try, else pull the door apart, back up the panel and try to bump it out from the back side. I have some body hammers from a previous life :-)

 

Try this before replacing the panel. Just wondering what others have done in cases like this.

 

Left the topic general in nature as this would pretty much apply to any one of a number of appliances.


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:01 PM

Looking at parts diagrams looks like kbfs25ewms doors really don't break down too far.

 

Doesn't appear to be a way at least looking at the door blow-ups to remove the skin and work from the back to tap out the ding.

 

So that dry ice trick might be the best shot. I'll probably have a look at the door in person next week some time. Interested if anyone has tried this and if it causes any discoloration or other issues.


Edited by rbenash, 16 March 2013 - 05:01 PM.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:13 PM

What's the size of the "small" dings ?

could you post some pictures ?

BEFORE and after (if repaired)

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:19 PM

use a sticker or a magnet and cover it up

 

the first ding hurts the most , like a new car

 

tell them to suck it up , its the first and wont be the last :)



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:21 PM

No harm in trying...if you intend on replacing the door if it doesn't work, what's the harm?

I imagine they are pretty proud of that door assembly...
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:38 PM

$571 proud :-)

 

Sensei - yes once I get to have a look I'll post before/after. Not very big ding from what SIL is telling me.

 

Kohai I beleive has it right :wink: Just buy them a bottle of wine (whine) and a magnet.

 

I'll have a go at it anyway. It's good karma....


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:11 AM

Most of these newer units have FIP/Foamed-In-Place door liners and there is no way to separate the plastic liner from the metal door panel, (well not actually true - you could separate them, but getting it back together would be a major problem).


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:13 AM

Thanks folks. I'll have a look this week some time, at least to take a before photo. Looks like FIP doors would be a perfect candidate for the heat and freeze method to see if I can pop the dent. Will need to be careful with the heating most likely as it could discolor the panel is probably my major concern. Second would be where to get some dry ice. Local grocery near me used to have some in a chest in the front of the store, will have to see if they still do that. I have the big gloves for handling it.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:19 AM

BTW - here's a reference to the technique I was asking about:

 

http://www.wikihow.c...el-Refrigerator


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

... where to get some dry ice.

camper & RV supply stores .. they sell it


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:14 AM

Thanks!!


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