Stainless steel comes in various grades and finishes, and home-grade stainless steel is usually the norm for all appliances. So before you attempt to buff out a scratch in your fridge or sink, be sure to check with the appliance's manufacturer to verify which type of stainless steel you're working with.
Here are some stainless steel scratch removal techniques for you to try:For fine scratches, cleaners such as Comet and Revere Stainless Steel and Copper Cleaner are non-abrasive cleansers that will gently buff stainless steel. They come in a dry powder that needs to be combined with water or as cream-based cleaners that go on the metal a bit smoother. Appliance manufacturers often make their own cleaners that are easy to find at home improvement stores.Sanding with wet sandpaper is recommended for deeper scratches. Sandpaper comes in various grits, so check first with your appliance manufacturer about which kind of sandpaper will work best for your stainless steel.If you have a lot of scratches, there are a few DIY scratch removal kits, such as Scratch-B-Gone or the Siege 63001 Stainless Steel Sink and Cookware Scratch Remover pack, that will take you step by step through the scratch removal process. These kits feature products similar to the two described above in one kit and will cost you a little more out of pocket.
One piece of advice is universal -- always rub or buff the scratch with the grain of the metal. If you go against the grain of the steel, you'll only make the scratch worse!
Hi @Amy ~ Is this on an appliance or a sink? Usually, you will need to first ensure the product is genuine stainless steel. If it has a clear coat on it, a repair is likely not possible or will need to be approached differently. Also verify the product is not a synthetic skin, as some "stainless steel" is.
As A Design Group mentioned, we have used Scratch B Gone as well, and with good results. We bought our kit at Lowes, and tested it on a very small area at first. We also have used a scotch brite pad in the past with polish and I would say the results were marginal. Always rubbing in the direction of the grain is really important.
THANKS! The scratches are on my Thermador cook top