Buying appliances off of the showroom floor is very expensive. Fortunately, it is possible to get an appliance that is pre-owned at a great discount. Sometimes, people will get rid of their old appliances simply because they don't look perfect in their kitchen. Other times, people get rid of their old appliances just because they want a new look. No matter the reason for them getting rid of it, you can get a great deal on the refrigerator for your home. If it doesn't look quite as nice as you would like, you can quickly make some improvements to the appearance of it, and here's how.
Unfortunately, it doesn't take a whole lot of force to dent the front of a refrigerator. Dents can make a great refrigerator look aged and unappealing in your kitchen, but you can remove them using one of three methods.
Heat and Cold – Use a heat gun to heat up the surface of the refrigerator where the dent is. You want it to become very warm, but you don't want it so hot that the paint is damaged. After the dent is heated, use a can of pressurized air to spray the area of the dent. The pressurized air contains liquid carbon dioxide which will cause the metal to rapidly chill and contract. At this point, the dent should pop out and no longer be visible.
Auto Dent Puller – You can find an auto dent pulling kit at your local auto supply store. Typically, these kits use a small suction cup that can be stuck to the dent. Once a good suction connection is made, you simply pull the dent out of the surface. This is effective for large dents, but not so effective for small ones.
Dry Ice – You can find dry ice at your local hardware store. Put on an insulated, thick pair of gloves and hold the dry ice over the dent. Soon, the dent will pop out as the metal contracts as it becomes cold.
If the finish of a refrigerator is scratched, it can begin to rust, but you can repaint the refrigerator to have it looking as good as new in no time.
- Use 320-grit sandpaper to sand the entire surface of the refrigerator. This step is a necessity because it creates a rough finish that will help the paint to adhere to the surface. If you skip this step, the paint could soon begin to peel off of the refrigerator.
- Tape off the seals and handles on the refrigerator.
- Purchase appliance paint from your local hardware store and apply a thin, even coat to the refrigerator. After the first coat has dried, sand the surface once more and apply a second coat. This will help create a perfectly smooth finish when you are done.
For more information, contact 5 Corners Appliance Company or a similar organization.