New Bosch stainless steal front panel has sticky tape etc...
How do you recommend I remove this gunk without damaging the stainless steal finish? Then what do you recommend I clean the surface with to make it look nice?
Marilyn Mason Mimiart1@cox.net
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Stainless steel does rust - or at least that is the theory.
There is in fact two types of stainless steel; the original categorised austenitic which is instantly recognised due to it being unable to attract a magnet due to the absence of iron. Austenitic is relatively expensive and difficult to work but adding iron in various quantities to the alloy produces a cheaper, lighter metal that looks good and is easier to work while still providing some resistance to corrosion. The more iron that is added to the ferritic type of stainless, the lighter, cheaper and easier it is to work but the corrosion resistance is substantially reduced.
Cars have been fitted with stainless steel exhaust systems of the ferritic type for many years and although they last a long time they soon show surface rust and sometimes will rust through.
I expect your fridge wipes are either acid or alkaline that are suitable only for austenitic and good grades of ferritic and Bosch have used a particularly poor grade of stainless. I expect fridge magnets stick very well...
Mild discolouration could be removed with a mild abrasive cleaner though that would tend to ruin the brushed finish. Clearly future cleaning should be carried out with a neutral ph cleaner and the surface protected with a hard wax polish.
I suggest you check the cleaning instructions in the Bosch instruction book. If you feel you have done nothing wrong you might be able to claim from your household insurer as accidental damage. It would be a good idea to inform the manufacturer of the cleaning wipes...
Luckily, vinyl matt emulsion paint is water based and is fairly easy to remove. Use half a wooden garden washing line peg or similar piece of softwood with s mild solution of washing up liquid. The wood will rub the paint off the metalwork and the washing liqid will lubricate without the metalwork so not to damage it. Hope this helps.
I have the yellow songbook and it was so sticky and dirty after only a couple of years. I only use it inside, so I removed the sticky coating with nail polish remover and a ton of cotton balls. It worked really well on the yellow one - the finish is a little dull so it matches how it looked when it was new. And it's so clean now!
i am in the uk and i use barkeepers friend this usually shifts anything on steel i dont know if you use something different in the u/s.its a white powdery substance which you aply with a damp clth then wipe of as it dries works superbly.
use lighter fluid like the stuff ZIPPO lighters use, rub softly using a soft cloth and the residue will come off. Leave the petrol on to soak and "melt" the sticky stuff for about 30secs-1minute before you start to wipe off.
first off its not "stainless" its clean steal. and yes it does dent very easy! i found the only answer is to replace the panel or buy a new fridge .. i do NOT recommend clean steal to anyone. i have the same problem a very expensive fridge and i already have many dents in it also scratches. the lady "highly recommened this fridge for people who had kids" i guess i should have done my H.W
Those clips will fit into slots on each side of the door frame just above the hinges, Put them back into the frame, then install your new stainless panel. If they fall out b/4 you can get the panel back on, try taping them to the door frame with some masking tape to hold them in place while you secure the stainless panel.