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How to Repair Scratches on a Fridge Door

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Fridges are built to last. They are very sturdy and durable appliances that should keep your food cold for many years. Unfortunately, life happens, and fridge doors take a beating. They get all sorts of scratches on them which take away from their good looks.

There is a way to restore those good looks and make your fridge door shine again. All you have to do is continue reading our article. It has the information and the guidelines to help you get the job done right.

How to Repair Fridge Door Scratches

The first step in this process is to gather all the materials you need at the same time. This will save you time in the long run and makes sure there are no delays in the process. What you will need are:

  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Warm Water
  • Clean Cloths with One a Rough-Textured One
  • 80 To 120 Grit Sandpaper
  • Epoxy Hardener
  • Appliance Paint
  • Putty Knife
  • Fine-Tipped Brush

Once those supplies are assembled, you can get started on your work of restoring the look to your fridge door.

Step 1 – Clean the Fridge

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This is always an essential part of most repair jobs. Dirt, etc., have a way of blocking the hold different materials need. Mix 1 ounce of dishwashing liquid and 1 gallon of water then wipe the fridge clean.

Step 2 – Rinse the Fridge

Take a clean, soft cloth and soak in clean water. Wipe the fridge down so all the soap disappears. Then dry with a clean absorbent cloth.

Step 3 – Sand the Scratches

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Gently use the sandpaper and sand the edges of the scratch or scratches. There is no need to put a lot of pressure on the area as you do not want to damage the good parts of the fridge door.

When done wipe the particles away with another cloth. Don’t forget to sand in the direction of the grain.

Step 4 – Apply the Epoxy

Make sure to mix the epoxy according to the instructions. Read all of those instructions to help you apply the material correctly. Get a putty knife and gently place the epoxy in the scratch, smoothing it out so it is level with the walls of the scratch or surface of the door. Let dry.

Step 5 – Apply the Touch-Up Paint

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Make sure to get the exact same or as close to the same color as you can. use the fine-tipped brush to paint the epoxy only. Work carefully as you do not want to slip and paint something that should not be painted.

Alternatives to the Above Method

The method mentioned above is just one way to fix the scratches on your fridge door. Here are a few more alternatives to help you out and make sure the task is done right:

Step 1 – Stainless Steel Scratch Removal Kit

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This is for those fridge doors that have many scratches on them. You should be able to find them at hardware or big box home improvement stores. Make sure to follow the instructions correctly in order not to make the door worse than it is. Sand in the direction of the grain.

Step 2 – Let the Pros Do It

Not everyone is a DIY person, or they may not have the skills to do this task right. If those are your cases, then you should hire a professional to do the job for you. Make sure to get estimates and hire the best one for the right price.

Step 3 – Replace the Door

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This is the last gasp measure that can be fairly expensive. But if the other methods do not work, or the door was damaged further, then this is the option you have left to use. To do this you need to contact the approved dealer and see if they have one in stock, or they may have to order it in for you.

This may be the most expensive option and you may need to save up for this repair.

Scratches in fridge doors are a fact of life especially when you have kids. Even if you take great pains to teach everyone to be careful eventually those scratches will appear. Accidents happen and fridge doors get scratches.

The above methods should help you get your fridge doors looking great again. Just be patient, go slowly, and be careful when you do the work.

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