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Exterior finish on stainless steel model peeling

I have a Frigidaire FRS-26DR7DS4 stainless steel model with a smudge proof finish. It appears that the "smudge proof" protective coating is peeling off of the refrigerator doors underneath the handles, which are not coated, and under the ice/water dispenser. It looks terrible and I wasn't even aware that it had that coating on it until it started peeling off. I have only used the stainless steel cleaner that came with my refrigerator to clean it and I am not sure what to do about it at this point. I have only had it for about three years and it just looks awful. Help!

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  • gopi66 Nov 10, 2008

    I have the same problem, areas of the door is peeling and looks ugly. cannot seem to locate the apporpriate help from Frigidaire



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Just a thought. Our frigidaire stainless steel refrigerator came with a temorary protective film on the steel parts that we peeled off after it was installed. Is it possible you never removed your film when you got your refrigerator? That may be what is starting to peel off now. Again, just a thought, I could be wrong.

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    Pat M Oct 17, 2013

    I have the same problem described above. In my case the protective film had been removed. The defect is in the Smudge-Proof coating that Frigidaire applies to it's Gallery line of appliances. The area around the door handle where my children leave fingerprints has begun to peel away from the door surface.

  • Kimberly Ferrara-Thomson

    I also have the same problem. Happened after two weeks of having it. Customer service is awful and they make nothing to remedy the problem. Your better off with regular stainless steel without the coating because at least that they make repair kids for. Over 2k and I already need a new refrigerator. When I talked to customer service they were stumped. I said you made a product with no way to take care of the peeling and they were speechless. I will never purchase fridgedaire again.

  • Kimberly Ferrara-Thomson

    I also have the same problem. Happened after two weeks of having it. Customer service is awful and they make nothing to remedy the problem. Your better off with regular stainless steel without the coating because at least that they make repair kids for. Over 2k and I already need a new refrigerator. When I talked to customer service they were stumped. I said you made a product with no way to take care of the peeling and they were speechless. I will never purchase fridgedaire again.

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