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How to refinish stainless steel appliance?

I have a new stainless steel trash compactor under a butcher block counter. We refinished the countertop, but unfortunately the person who did it wasn't careful with the orbital sander and sanded the top edge of the stainless steel compactor door, ruining the finish. The sander marks are not deep - just surface scratches - but they are unsightly. Is there any way to restore the finish to the stainless steel without having to buy a new door?

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Scratches are difficult to remove. Most kitchen appliances, sinks, and counters have a polished finish with short directional polishing lines. Restoring a polished finish to its original appearance requires a professional such as a company that specializes in fabricating or polishing stainless steel. If the refrigerator or dishwasher door panel is replaceable, purchasing a new panel is normally more cost effective than professional refinishing. The homeowner may want to consider obtaining replacement panels with angel hair, distressed, swirl, or embossed finish. These finishes help to hide light scratching and can be obtained from companies that specialize in stainless steel finishes. Counters and appliance doors that are not easily removable must be refinished in place. When the counter is refinished, it may have long rather than short polishing lines. If a slightly different finish is acceptable and cost is a consideration, a homeowner can refinish the counter or appliance using a non-metallic abrasive pad such as a Scotch Brite® pad. This can be done by rubbing the surface with the pad using long uniform strokes in the same direction as the current polishing lines. This will not eliminate deep scratches. A professional may offer this finish as a less expensive option. The resulting finish is normally referred to as a hairline or long grain finish. Some appliance companies are starting to offer this finish.
Sep 27, 2017
How To Refinish Stainless Steel
Sep 27, 2017
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Sep 27, 2017
Go over the entire surface with wet/dry sandpaper with the grain. Use wet with a little dish detergent. Remove the handles and name plates first. Start with 400, then 600, and then 800. Auto supply should sell the sandpaper. After final sanding, wax with carnuba wax and polish. Works on aluminum and real stainless not painted surfaces.
Sep 27, 2017

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