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Old 03-31-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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We have managed to lift a dime-sized piece of veneer off the fridge door. Any suggestions for repair or disguise?
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:32 PM   #2
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I found a backsplash panel at Lowe's, had my son cut it to size, slipped the oak panel out, slipped the new panel in place. Done...
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https://www.dometic.com/enus/America...t/Spare-Parts/
If your refrigerator is a Dometic, you may want to try them. You may want to either try to put on contact paper, or a fancy decal, or free hand paint or furniture repair stick? How did it happen? Or should I ask?
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I found a backsplash panel at Lowe's, had my son cut it to size, slipped the oak panel out, slipped the new panel in place. Done...
Clever! How did you remove the panel?
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:41 PM   #5
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If you are talking the oak-look material, you could ask ETI to send you some veneer tape. Or, if you are coming to the rally, I have a couple feet of the stuff.
The patch will disappear if you come close to matching the grain pattern.
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Clever! How did you remove the panel?
At the top of the refer door there are just a couple of screws holding a plastic piece in place. Remove the screws, wiggle the plastic piece loose, and the oak panel just slides up and out of the frame. Insert a new panel, replace the plastic piece and screws and, voila, a brand new look.
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Thank you, Karen. Maybe I can find a very lightweight metal panel to put magnets on! I also am trying to figure out how to change the edges to white or a color to match the liner, as the window frames, hood and stove top are white.
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Thanks everyone for the great tips. How the problem occurred is much too embarrassing to talk about!
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Thank you, Karen. Maybe I can find a very lightweight metal panel to put magnets on! I also am trying to figure out how to change the edges to white or a color to match the liner, as the window frames, hood and stove top are white.
I called that panel a backsplash panel but I'm not sure that is what it was...it may have even been a dishwasher panel or something not even remotely related. I just poked around Lowe's looking for something that would work (it has to be thin and somewhat flexible) and I found this kind of hidden on a shelf. Just keep your eyes open and you may find exactly what you want.
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JaneH, one more option would be to pick up (i. e., buy) another panel from ETI. Usually, the RV manufacturer installs the panels in their trailers--at least that's my understanding, but I'm quite often wrong.
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You're making this difficult and expensive.
Get a piece of the oak tape from ETI or ask them where you can buy it.
You just cut a piece that has similar grain, peel off the back and apply it. Just get it right the first time. Not sure how easy it is to remove.
If you cut the tape ends at an angle it becomes even harder to see what you have done. The eye picks up parallel lines so cut the tape so the sides and ends don't line up.
The damage will disappear.
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BTW. The front panel on my home dish washer was white as delivered. I pulled it out and the reverse was black, which looked better in our kitchen.
Simply turned it over and reinstalled it.
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I've seen the panels replaced with formica. Zillions of colors!

Sandra, perhap you can change the frame using Fusion paint...
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Thanks everyone for the great tips. How the problem occurred is much too embarrassing to talk about!
O goodie, this means we can formulate our own theories on what happened.

I would likely do what baglo is talking about. A simple, quick fix that nobody would ever notice. Or, if you want a different look, replace it with any thin panel. The do sell bright orange laminate that would look spiffy.
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Somewhere I saw a photo of a fridge where the owner replaced the fron panel with a map of their favorite place, then put a protective covering (polyurethane ?) over the map. It sounds clunky, but looked very nice.
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I've seen the panels replaced with formica. Zillions of colors!

Sandra, perhap you can change the frame using Fusion paint...
Thanks Donna. That's a good idea. I would have to mask off the whole interior as I am a klutz with spray paint. (As evidenced by my glitter sprayed screen door.) (But at least the dog and I can see it now.)
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Our old Boler I replaced the fridge front with a nice piece of formica--really changed the look...I also used some nice wallpaper on the original fridge front..
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I had scuffed the corner next to the fridge. Applied tape. Cut the edges at angles so the eye would have a harder time detecting them. Could have done a better job of matching grain.
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I will try the tape route first. I think that will be a good fix.
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Somewhere I saw a photo of a fridge where the owner replaced the fron panel with a map of their favorite place, then put a protective covering (polyurethane ?) over the map. It sounds clunky, but looked very nice.
I rebuilt the fold down table on our boat, added a lip around the edge of the table, put a map chart under a piece of plexiglas and updated it as we went down the coast. As an alternative for the table top, use a clear vinyl table cloth and change the decor as you feel like it. The map on the Fridge door is a cool idea, a thin sheet of plexiglas over it would do the trick.
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