How to Refinish Stainless-Steel Appliances

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Stainless-steel appliances are a favorite among restaurants and homeowners because of their durability, cleaning ease and shiny appearance. Cleaning stainless steel with the wrong products will dull or damage the surface. Using metal abrasive pads such as steel wool will scratch stainless steel and leave metal particles that will oxidize on the surface. Deep scratches on a stainless-steel appliance may require the assistance of a professional, while small surface blemishes can be handled with a few simple products.

Things You'll Need

  • Stainless-steel cleaner
  • Non-metal abrasive "green" pad
  • Cotton rag
  • Sanding sponge
  • 240-grit sandpaper
  • Remove small surface blemishes from the stainless-steel appliance with a non-metal green scratch pad. Rub out the blemished area with the scratch pad along the grain of the metal. Spray down the area with stainless-steel cleaner and wipe clean with a cotton rag.

  • Run 240-grit sandpaper with the metal grain and overlap the damaged area a few inches on each side of a deep scratch. Sand the area with the coarser side of the sanding sponge, overlapping the sandpapered area a few more inches.

  • Work along the grain of the metal, using the finer side of the sanding sponge, to overlap the sanded areas even further by a few more inches around the blemished area. Sand the entire length of the metal along the grain with the coarse side of the sanding sponge.

  • Sand the entire metal area, along the grain, with the fine side of the sanding sponge. Polish the entire metal side of the appliance with stainless-steel cleaner and a cotton rag.

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