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  #1468429 12-Jan-2016 13:37
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I doubt you can make things worse with dry ice, I'd say it is worth trying before you spring for a new door.


I suspect you could make it worse. It depends on how the door is insulated. If it was manufactured with polyurethane foam injected into the door ( used to be the standard method for maximum insulation ), then the extra cold ( -80C ) could shrink the foam away from the door outer and leave a void that could show as condensation on the door outer after a few weeks of operation.

My suggestion would be to approach the agents for a new door cost, and work from there. Perhaps start suggesting to your better half that the dent adds character, and the cost/risk of repair is disproportionate to visual issue. Other options are to suggest they stick something patterned on both doors that will minimise the visual effect and hide the dent.

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  #1468457 12-Jan-2016 14:26
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Have you considered adding a matching dent to the other three doors to restore symmetry?

 
 
 
 


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  #1468484 12-Jan-2016 15:04
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I wonder how the cost of a therapist to deal with your OCD would compare with the cost of a new door :p

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  #1468585 12-Jan-2016 16:29
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lxsw20:
frankv: I wouldn't expect a panelbeater to have experience with the thin metal used on fridges.



Have had a fridge repaired by a panelbeater before, but it was painted, not SS. 


Had a panelbeater mate who used to buy cheap fridges off trademe, if he or the apprentice was ever quiet he would get him onto a fridge, bog it, sand it, paint it, get new seals fitted = sell for $$$ profit. was a good little money spinner

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  #1468609 12-Jan-2016 17:14
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This is why people stick things to the fridge.....

Maybe it's the real reason we have fridge magnets

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  #1468618 12-Jan-2016 17:24
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Yeah, just cover the thing with magnets. The thing is these things get dented, even if you are extremely careful, at some stage it is likley to happen. The warehouse did have cone of those car dent removal kits on sale yestrday on their red alert site for about $40, but looked quite basic.



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  #1468632 12-Jan-2016 18:14
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mattwnz: Yeah, just cover the thing with magnets. The thing is these things get dented, even if you are extremely careful, at some stage it is likley to happen. The warehouse did have cone of those car dent removal kits on sale yestrday on their red alert site for about $40, but looked quite basic.


Problem is it on the corner. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6lbp2hza2tphkcs/2016-01-12%2018.12.27.jpg?dl=0

 
 
 
 


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  #1468641 12-Jan-2016 18:35
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Hmmmmm...  it's the size I suspected, which is too small to 'pop' out using suction or the heating/cooling (ice) method, in my very limited experience.

You might have to disassemble the door (most likely from the inside).  If the insulation is stuck to the skin, you might need to gouge it out of that area (later replacing it with expanding foam from a spray can) and gently tap the dent out with a small rounded implement and with the impacted area on a solid smooth surface.  A fiddly job, but rewarding if you have the patience.  A panel beater might do a nice job if he can be bothered with something this small.

Something heavy on top of the fridge holding a couple of draped towels will limit the escape of cold air while you get this sorted, as long as you don;t have little ones who could pull the arrangement down on top of their heads.

Getting creative with something to put over the top might be a much more efficient use of your time.  Ask a signwriter to cut you a couple of bright pink stars to put on each side of the fridge, symmetrically of course!  Signwriters do have access to a 'brushed stainless' vinyl but the look will of course not perfectly match the 'texture' of the fridge.

See the bottom row on the following page:  http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/752048O/3m-wrap-film-series-1080-horizontal-color-chart.pdf?fn=GRPH-15-1317_Chart_P3-3_LR_Clean




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  #1468659 12-Jan-2016 19:48
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What's your insurance excess? Are you on any kind of no-claims bonus?

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  #1468692 12-Jan-2016 20:31
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networkn: 
Problem is it on the corner. 


I'd suggest using Stainless Steel Putty, try Devcon, available from Russet in NZ. They might tell you the name of somebody local to you who purchased a tin. That firm might sell a small quantity to you. Alternatively, add stainless steel powder/filings to clear 2-pot Araldite.

I'd also note that free-rising spray foam is not stable with temperature ( it shrinks with cold ), and Fridge insulation foam is deliberately overpacked with the door held in jig until the overpacked foam is fully cured. Overpacked foam has better stability and insulation ability. Disassembling an assembled door is messy and time-consuming. 

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  #1468712 12-Jan-2016 20:40
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networkn: 
Problem is it on the corner. 

Yeah, that's not coming out in a hurry unless you pull the door apart and tap it. 

(qualified spray-painter)



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  #1468719 12-Jan-2016 20:56
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Thanks for all the advice. It's well beyond what I can live with in terms of hassle and risk to "fix" it myself. I'll get a quote for a new door or find a way to live with it. 


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  #1468799 12-Jan-2016 22:39
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networkn: Thanks for all the advice. It's well beyond what I can live with in terms of hassle and risk to "fix" it myself. I'll get a quote for a new door or find a way to live with it. 



The best thing about living with it is that you're far less likely to care if any more dents appear.




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  #1468829 13-Jan-2016 00:05
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networkn: Thanks for all the advice. It's well beyond what I can live with in terms of hassle and risk to "fix" it myself. I'll get a quote for a new door or find a way to live with it. 

I hope you update us as to what the quote is for the new door. I would be interested to know, at least.



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  #1468926 13-Jan-2016 09:45
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bazzer:
networkn: Thanks for all the advice. It's well beyond what I can live with in terms of hassle and risk to "fix" it myself. I'll get a quote for a new door or find a way to live with it. 

I hope you update us as to what the quote is for the new door. I would be interested to know, at least.


$323 with a 2ish week wait.

We will need to live with the dent or find a way to cover it up. Annoying though.


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