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Topic # 247935 3-Mar-2019 17:32
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So I have a Fridge in the kitchen that is around 10 years old - Still works fine.


The front of it gets a bit of sun early in the day and (I guess) as a result, the lacquer that they coated the Stainless Steel with has got worn and patchy and some of it has gone quite cloudy looking.


I got a little of my wifes nail polish remover (Acetone) and it will very slowly remove the crappy old lacquer and the stainless underneath is fine.


This will be very very slow - I need something a little stronger I think.


I figure the lacquer was originally to reduce fingermarks and shine but I just want it gone - I will wipe it with a stainless steel cleaner/oil once the old lacquer is gone.


Has anyone removed this sort of coating before?


What did you use and where did you buy it from? I see a few solvents on Bunnings website.


Anyone done this before.





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  Reply # 2190537 4-Mar-2019 09:23
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You could try paint stripper.  


Sounds like an awful job though, you'd need to wrap yourself up in protective safety gear, think about ventilation, then things like seals, the abs plastic interior of the fridge etc are likely to dissolve if any stripper (or acetone or other solvent which might dissolve the coating) gets on it.  The solvent-based strippers are also usually based on methylene chloride - it's really nasty stuff.


If I was going to attempt what you're suggesting, I'd take the fridge doors off and remove everything from them.  Don't know how you'd deal with avoiding getting any solvent or stripper into the insulation foam.  It's possibly in the too-hard basket - a better alternative might be to just sand and paint the door (a car painter might do it for you) - or possibly see a signwriter who does vinyl wrapping (of cars, boats etc).

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