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Old 11-29-2009, 08:23 AM   #1
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Changing refrigerator surface so magnets stick

Has anyone made any changes to the front surface of a Dometic refrigerator with something that magnets stick to? We have a ?stainless steel? front now but I want to change it as we're gathering a large magnet collection. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions?
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:42 AM   #2
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My guess is your "stainless steel" is really plastic that looks the part but does not act it. Is stainless steel magnetic? The answer is yes, the magnetic properties of stainless steel are very dependent on the elements added into the alloy, however, the steel elements make the alloy magnetic! So why plastic, less $$$ and lighter weight. The "fake" stainless steel on your refrigerator is a mylar coating over the plastic. So to truly answer your post you must replace the "fake" with real, however due to the added weight and cost, I would search for a more magnetic place.... Vin
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Is stainless steel magnetic? Many are not; eg, a magnet adheres to none of the appliances in my kitchen.

My Safari is in storage and I won't venture how readily the front panel can be replaced. I don't believe my fridge front panel is plastic. Keeping an open mind there... Do they even have any avocado enameled steel any more?
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Most kitchen appliances are made with Austenitic stainless steel that are generally a non magnetic in nature... Austenitic stainless steel is used in Higher end Kitchen Appliances because you can "cold form" them with out damaging the metal. These types of stainless steel are made with large amounts of Nickel and the chemical properties of large amounts of Nickel mixed with steel make Austenitic stainless steel non magnetic! Sorry for any confusion!
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Has anyone made any changes to the front surface of a Dometic refrigerator with something that magnets stick to? We have a ?stainless steel? front now but I want to change it as we're gathering a large magnet collection. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions?
Try a magnet. Magnets will stick to my "Stainless" refrig door. The lower content of nickel the more likely it will hold a magnet.
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I have changed the panels on my Dometic but not to a magnet sensitive material. I took out the cheap fake wood and put in a mahogany veneer that closely matches my original interior wood. Thought about putting in a steel surface for magnets but am using the oven door for that.

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The surface of our frig is, I think, a brushed aluminum which will not hold a magnet. Maggie LOVES magnets. Problem recently solved with a sticky-backed, brushed metal wipe-off calendar now adhered to the bathroom door in our Interstate. We have to have a calendar to keep track of what day it is and appointments/events---the brushed metal surface looks very nice in our interior---and the generous surface holds our magnets! We got this at Office Max or Office Depot.
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Has anyone made any changes to the front surface of a Dometic refrigerator with something that magnets stick to? We have a ?stainless steel? front now but I want to change it as we're gathering a large magnet collection. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions?
I didn't on mine but did help a buddy do his. We use a piece of Kynar Coated 26 gauge steel that was leftover from a project. It happens to be Pizza Hut Red

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Just make your own panels. It's not hard. I made mine from thin gauge sheet brushed aluminum I had left over from another project (Dometic wanted $90 for the stainless look panels....too $$$ for me....I made mine for free). Hit them with a power buffer and they look great.

But anyway, you could make your's out of plain old sheet steel; something like the 26 gauge mentioned above. Cut it to the proper size, clean it up, polish it up, then degrease it and clear coat it. Then carefully slide it into place.

If you don't clear coat it, it'll rust on you. You could just wax it periodically; which might actually be better than a clear coat. But a good clear would work. Or, if you don't really want silver, get some sheet steel that is enamel coated.

Good luck!
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