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Saturday, October 10, 2015


Some one in our facility used a scratch pad to remove stripper from a stainless steel elevator door. A very dull scratched swirl is now showing on this door. I tried stainless steel polish to hide it, but the spot is still showing. What will hide this spot on the door?


Answer #1:
Evidently the scratch pad was too aggressive and was pulled across the grain. Elevator doors normally have the stainless steel grain going top to bottom. You can try using a white nylon scouring pad and the stainless steel cleaner. Scrub it only with the grain.
You may have to graduate to a green pad next if the white does not remove the scratches. It is possible you may end up with a dull spot, but it will be uniform with the direction of the grain and less noticeable.

Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112

Answer #2:
A California company exhibiting recently at ISSA/Interclean® has developed a stainless scratch repair process that works to restore fully the damaged surface. There seems to be a problem on their website, but you can e-mail them at

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor