Hi folks I’m Mark with ProLine Range Hoods. One of the questions that we get asked on a
regular basis is “Hey, if I have some small scratches maybe some wear and tear marks
on my stainless steel appliances, on my range or something how can I get rid of that? Is there any
way that I can get rid of those? You know if you’ve got a Viking, A Wolf, Thermodore
DCS Ge Monogram series stainless steel Range or cook top, you’ll drop a spatula, you’ll pull pan across
and so they’re there are some really quick easy ways to get rid of light scratches now big difference there light
scratches and then there are deep scratches Deep scratches are hard to get rid of so this
video is only going to a focus on a really light Scratch, something that surface. Now there are couple right here you can’t
really it’s really hard in a video to show you
where they’re at so I have a pen to circle those but there’s a couple right here I can’t catch my fingernail so that kind of helps to decide whether it’s a heavier a a light scratch that you can remove if it’s a light scratch as you pull your finger
nail across it you won’t be able to it won’t click It won’t catch your fingernail those are
ones that you get rid of with just a little bit effort and will show you how to do that
first thing I want you know this is a damaged hood, it came back freight damaged. It has a few dings
in it this is something we don’t care about this
is going to go to, we’re going to recycle this so we can do something still this isn’t going
to be a hood that is for sale now I’ve got a quarter here what we’re going to do
is put up a quick scratch in it and then you’ll see how we can remove that. Now that we’ve made some scratches in the
hood that we’re going to remove this hood has seen some wear and tear. It’s
had cardboard boxes it’s been laying on his face for a while it was in the recycle pile and I pulled it out It’s kind of dirty, it’s kind of dusty so we’re
Going to clean that but before we do that what I wanted to show
you and we’ve explained this in some of our other
videos on cleaning every stainless steel has a grain, really
there’s a mere finished stainless steel that’s rarely used and then there is a number four brushed
finish stainless steel which is the most common finish it’s used by all the major appliance
manufacturers and that’s what our range hoods are, they are
a number four brushed finish so we are very good at refinishing those. So the process I’m going
to show you today is the stuff that you can buy from a auto parts store from home depot from a Lowe’s and it’s very simple and it’s easy to
do. so we’ve got a scratches we’ve got a quarter
scratches that we made here. Just so that we can show you the difference between the before and after What I’m going to do is take some blue tape put it over a section, a scratched section We’re going to refinish around that so we protect that finish so you can see the
contrast between the before and after. So what I’ll do, we’ve got our are scratches that were
in the hood, we’ve got the scratches we made with the quarter
here we’ll just take a piece of tape and what this will do is it will protect underneath the tape, we’ll remove that later underneath
the tape it’ll stay exactly like it was around
the tape will refinish that area that we can see that
the contrast. We put the tape with the grain. Now, the grain on this hood is moving in this direction every stainless steel will
have a direction and we’ve talked about that. Typical is a number four brushed stainless. The way that the factory makes this and
the way that most stainless steel comes out of a steel factory, it’s made with a series of rollers and they’ll
hit it with one twenty sand paper and then they’ll use a scotch brite. As we mentioned
we want to give you a way to do this using just items you can pick up at A local car repair Auto Parts, Pep Boys, Checker or a Loew’s or Home Depot. So we used three things, we used two different colors of Scotch Brite, we use the maroon Scotch Brite which is a
scotch brite pad’s made by 3M, you can go on their website and look at it. The maroon is a little bit coarser grip and then we use the gray and the gray the finer grip. Now we also have a white scotch brite pad which is a cleaning
pad at all this is for this really doesn’t have a grip. This is just used for cleaning.
When we want to do a real aggressive cleaning and I’m going to do that right now so we start
with a really clean surface that we’re working On. Okay so we’ve cleaned the hood and you can still
see the streaks from the glass cleaner. We still have a few little things here that I’m not really sure and I may
not get into cleaning these. We’re going to focus on our scratches here but you’ll notice that
as I’m cleaning all the cleaning I do I’m doing in the same direction of the grain
watch our cleaning video you’ll get more information on that but you always, anything you do you want To do in the direction of the grain Ok, so we’ve shown you the products we’re going to be
using to do this Now if you have, we always use a
wood block. That gives you an even surface, even service distribution the pressure what you’ll find will happen is if you just
use your fingers your point where your fingers pressed
on the scotch brite will cause, you’ll be able to see it in the refinish so we use a wood block. Now one thing we’re going to do this is the most aggressive grip we are going to go in the direction of the
grain. The one thing you can’t do, and I’m going to show you just
with the corner of my hands, you can’t scrub like this. Every time you stop and change direction come
Back, it’ll create a little hook. So we’re going to go only in a single direction
to get rid of these we’re going to take the aggressive and the key here is nice even Strokes. Now you can see on a smaller hood, this part’s kind of moving
around so I apologize, you can see on a large section like a
range hood, a range hood is the hardest thing to refinish on a Range, on a cooktop or something like that you’ll find it’s a lot easier because your working
with smaller sections in their easier but this I will have to take strokes completely
across the hood that’s why when you get into the forty eight, the fifty four, the sixty inch hoods, it gets
so complex So we’re taking nice, long, even strokes and you’ll be able to see you can see the amount of work and this
is why we explain that this is only good for light scratches because really what you’re doing is re-graining the stainless so that the stainless is uniform over that scratch. Okay folks now what I’ve
here for about the last fifteen minutes like I said this does take some time and we’re only working
on a small area. We have been working across the top of the hood in long, continuous strokes so that you can see, and occasionally come back the other way, but
you can see how much work this takes and we’re using again the maroon Scotch Brite pad. You don’t stop and we’re blending in our lines you don’t want to spent too much
time in one area you want to overlap your line so you don’t wind up with lawnmower stripes. So once we’re done with the red pad, or the maroon pat, I can see, I’ve gotten rid of most of The scratches here were a little deep The scratches here were lighter cardboard, kind of fine grit scratches nothing real heavy so
they came out a lot easier now we move toward grey pad and you’ll see that it will start to give
you that nicer, cleaner satin finish again I’m lifting coming in coming straight back and it does take a little bit of practice
if you have make sure you have plenty of time but
again we’re using the grey pad come back and forth nice long, continuous strokes and we would have to do this over the entire
hood to make this look right there’s no way that we could do this in one single area and make this hood look perfect we would
have to do this over the entire hood. Now if we rotate the pad flip it over still using the block so that we get even pressure, even distribution and you get the idea for the purposes of this
video you can see it now this area Is almost and pretty much free of scratches and it looks one hundred percent better. Get plenty of
scotch brite, maroon and grey Scotch Brite and Use a sanding block or use a piece of wood to
distribute the pressure evenly move in a continuous line with the grain In a hood like this for one of our professionals we would spend at least an hour even with all the equipment that we have to refinish the entire hood to make it look
perfect you see were done with the grey
scotch brite so that’s our finish now if you wanted to at this point you could
use some cleaner when you’re done some of the cleaners that we recommend
are in the cleaning video you can still see right here I can still see
where this scratch, I didn’t work on the bottom section here I tried it just because of the length of this video we can
only work on the top we can still see a tiny bit of a scratch
here and over here we got rid of most of those this was a deeper scratch we could catcher fingernail on that what we’re doing now is we’re going to peel this back and show you what we’ve done Ok now folks you can still see you can see exactly where we’ve finished and where the factory finishes right here you can also see where the scratches were they’re still in the area they’re protected
under the tape so we didn’t refinish those you can see our long continuous strokes
here to refinish and see how nice that finish is all in all, like I said this hood, to
refinish this, if we’re going to refinish it here we use a machine that more closely emulates and it duplicates the
exact factory finish maybe a little finer grade so we wind up with a really nice uniform finish.
You can see exactly why you have to do an entire area. You can’t do a really small area so if you have any questions if you need any
help feel free to give us a call we’re always here
You can talk to some of our people in the shop that they know how to do this. They do this everyday and then if you have any if you need supplies if you need anything feel
free to give us a call Or look on our website with some of other videos or call us on our eight hundred-number anything
we can do to help so thanks for watching and have a great day!