Stainless steel film is a non-metallic product that allows you to simply and easily change the appearance of your kitchen appliances. If you want a new look, but can’t afford the cost of buying a new oven when the one you have operates well, you might consider stainless steel film. It can be used to cover a myriad of smooth surfaces including doors, cupboards, Plexiglas, countertops, tables and backsplashes, in addition to appliances. Best of all, all you need to apply stainless steel film is scissors, a razor knife, a tape measuring and a plastic squeegee.
Stainless steel film has an adhesive backing that keeps it in place and prevents the corners from detaching over time. Although the film itself is not magnetic, magnets will stick to metal appliances through the film. It is not permanent and can be removed simply by peeling the film off. In some cases, it may help to warm the film with a hairdryer. If there is any adhesive left behind, it can be removed with vegetable oil, WD-40 or an adhesive remover, for example.
Stainless steel film comes in a variety of widths, allowing you to choose the best size for your intended application. It comes on rolls, much like contact paper. The smallest size is 17 ¾” wide and can generally be purchased in lengths ranging from 3-10 feet. This size is commonly used to cover a microwave, for example. The next biggest size is 26 ½” wide, and it also comes in lengths ranging from 3-10 feet. This size is perfect for a dishwasher. The largest size is 35 ½” wide and is sold on six foot rolls; this size is appropriate for a refrigerator or an oven. The film can be cut to the desired size using a razor knife.
Stainless steel film is heat resistant up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit and may therefore be used on an oven door as long as the temperature does not exceed 122 degrees. It is generally not recommend for use on stovetops. To clean, simply wipe with a moist soft cloth. You may use Windex or mild soap if necessary.