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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I assume you want to paint it. Preparation is the key. Rustoleum has some pretty good products that look close to stainless steal. Clean the outside thoroughly. The paint will only stick well to metal surfaces. Plastics will tend to crack and peel. Tape and paper off all the parts of microwave not being painted. You will not want to get paint on labels, keypad, plastics or the door seal. Paint takes and hour to dry between coats. Practice with long strokes on something else first. Several thin coats is better than one thick one. Fumes can be strong. Outdoors without wind or a garage will be the best area to paint. Paint is oil based and you will need paint thinner( or WD-40 in a pinch ) for cleanup. I don't think painting would be wise inside the microwave. I painted my range hood, and I swear it looks like its stainless steel. I used the brushed nickel color. Good luck.
If there isn't, you might try having a local metal shop cut you a piece of stainless, fold and weld the edges to make a cover for the door and adhere it either with epoxy or a small tack-weld. I wound up having to have a cover made for my Mom's stainless-steel fridge when only white and black ones were available and a metal shop doesn't charge much for it.
Alternately, if the metal panel is housed in a frame, try taking apart the frame, removing the panel and flipping it over. They usually just paint the one side, and if the other side is bare metal, such as aluminum, you can use sandpaper to give it a brushed finish and some clear-coat spray paint to give it that shiny stainless look and durability. Then just reassemble the door with the stainless-looking side facing outwards and the wrong-color side facing in. Worked for Mom's dishwasher!
You have to remove the sprayer arm, it's cover, and the cover underneath that located on the bottom of the dishwasher, inside the dishwasher. If you find a large amount of grease/food under these covers then you are not rinsing your dishes enough before placing in the washer.
The disposal unit in these units are nothing more than a cheap metal blade spinning over a metal grate. Anything tougher than a piece of cake and it's frosting runs the risk of breaking the gears that drives this.
Clean all the food/grease that you can access. Be careful while removing the gunk, I have found glass shards from broken dishes. Locate the disposal impeller and screen. It can be removed. Inspect it for damage and reinstall after cleaning.
Your water flow can be restricted if this is plugged.
Debruce Polish is the answer. It is non-toxic and odorless, DeBruce will remove the rust and pacify the finish. DeBruce is perfect for touch ups and great on ceramic cook tops and more. We buy DeBruce polish at debrucepolish.com.
The installation instructions and the Owner's Manual do not say how to replace the panel. It may not be possible to change without replacing the entire door.
Look for trim near the top of the door that is attached by screws. If the trim can be removed the old panel can be slid up and out and the new panel can be slid in. Alternatively look for side trim piece(s) that might be removable allowing the panel to be slid in.
What is the manufacturer and model number of the dishwasher?
Here is the process I would follow to remove the gunk.
Start a short cycle in the dishwasher, without adding detergent powder and after the (hot) water has filled the DW and the wash cycle has begun, open the DW door and add 1/4 cup of household bleach. When the water drains and begins to refill for the 2nd wash cycle, check the dishwasher to see if anything has gotten better and if not, add another 1/4 cup of bleach as soon as the hot water has refilled. Allow the DW to finish the full cycle.
Begin another short wash and as soon as the initial hot water fills and the wash cycle begins, open and add 2 cups (approximatly) of white vinegar. Allow the whole set of cycles to finish and check the insides.
If grease remains, I would use a de-greasing spray (avilable at all hardware stores and most food stores.) Spray on and use paper towels on all surfaces.
Because I do not know the make and model # for your dishwasher, I can not give you a part number for replacement racks.