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Finish on "stainless steel" door is deteriorating

Fridge was installed in April 2004, has not been abused, cleaned always with soft cloth and stainless steel cleaner supplied by Sears.   During the past year vertical streaks have appeared, as though a sharp knife has pierced the finish, there are some smudges also.  Cleaner would erase marks only to have them appear again in short time.  Problem is worsening, streaks are failing to disappear even for a short time, smudges are worse, very distressing for someone who takes pride in their home.   Refrigerator was sold as 'stainless steel', but is not, a magnet won't stick to it.  It must be plastic.   What can be done to correct this problem?   Replacing doors and handles are not an option.  Model # KSRA25KKSS12 

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Refrigerator was sold as 'stainless steel', but is not, a magnet won't stick to it.
There are many different alloys that are called 'stainless' steel but all of them have some chrome, some nickel and some steel. Depending on the strength of the magnet and the specific alloy, it may or may not adhere. Generally, the higher chrome and nickel content, the less magnetic it will be.
I think that the brushed surface of your fridge was coated with a kind of clear-coat to prevent fingerprints from adhereing to the brushed surface and that clear-coat is now missing in the areas of concern.
The only cure for tha would be the wholesale removal of the doors and the remaining clear finish and then respraying it with a quality clear finsh.
Ain't progress grand?
We considered all stainless stuff for our new home a couple of years ago, decided we liked black better and now hate that too.     

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

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