How to Fix Bent Aluminum Mini Blind Slats

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Aluminum blinds are susceptible to highly affectionate pets who love the mailman so much that they want to greet the carrier through the windows. Children enjoy twisting the slats to create new artistic designs. And, sometimes, you may accidentally bend one yourself during normal cleaning duties. Rather than spending your hard-earned money to replace an entire set, it is simple to bend a slat back into place.

Things You'll Need

  • Four-foot section of dowel rod, 3/4 inch in diameter
  • Four-foot section of 1x1 inch lumber
  • Set of lightweight gloves

Straightening Curved Aluminum Blind Slats

  • Put on a lightweight pair of gloves to prevent skin cuts.

  • Slide a four-foot section of 3/4 inch dowel rod between the blind adjustment strings on one side of the blind, just below the bent slat, and slowly push the end through the adjustment strings on the other side of the blinds.

  • Pull the dowel rod firmly against the underside of the bend slat and press firmly on top of the area where the bend or crease exists. While pressing, move your fingers or palm lengthwise along the bend until straight. Remove the wooden dowel.

Straightening a Flat Blind Slat

  • Put on a set of lightweight gloves to protect against cuts.

  • Slide a four-foot piece of 1-inch x 1-inch lumber through the strings, just below the bent slat, on one side of the blinds. Push the lumber through the strings on the other side of the blinds.

  • Pull the lumber firmly up against the underside of the bent slat and apply heavy pressure to the bend or crease. While applying pressure to the bend, run your hand back and forth lengthwise along the slat until the bend or crease has been straightened to your desired appearance.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may be tempted to use a shorter piece of dowel or 1-inch x 1-inch lumber. Resist this temptation. You risk further bends to other locations on the blind slat on which you are working. A piece of dowel or lumber spanning the entire length of the slat provides support to the entire length while you are working on the bend or crease.
  • The edges of aluminum blind slats are extremely sharp.

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