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Dryer Problem

So, something has nicked up the inside of my dryer. I remember finding my pocket knife in the dryer a few weeks ago, open, and didn't think anything of it at the time (other than is the blade okay).

I just pulled out the third blouse that was ruined from my dryer - it is snagged beyond repair. In looking at my dryer drum, I notice a lot of nicks on the inside - not just on the drum, but on the back wall as well (so replacing the drum will not fix my problem). I'm assuming this is damage from drying my pocket knife.

My question is - can I take some very fine sandpaper and sand on these nicks to try to get them to stop catching on my clothes? Right now it is only my dress blouses that are getting ruined; my jeans, sweaters, etc., seem to be fine. Will I hurt anything by trying to sand away the problem? I don't know what the inside of the drum is coated with; it's a white color so I don't know if that is just paint or what.

Any ideas or suggestions? The dryer is only a year old so I would rather not replace it if I can avoid it.

created by MsArcher on Dec 04, 2016 at 04:39:30 pm     Home     Comments: 9

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You could sand out the nicks with a fine grit sanding sponge. Do it until you don't feel the chips at all. As far as painting over them they make appliance paint in small touchup bottles, however I don't know how it will take the heat. Here is a link to a video on how to feather a paint spot The drum is painted to keep it from rusting from damp cloths. Mine has worn away the paint in many areas and does not seem to create any problems

posted by OldTimer on Dec 04, 2016 at 05:28:21 pm     #   1 person liked this

Might help if I actually posted the link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udkq0bdulPU

posted by OldTimer on Dec 04, 2016 at 05:29:49 pm     #  

In the meantime, I wonder if drying delicate clothes in a mesh fabric bag would help save your remaining blouses?

posted by jmleong on Dec 04, 2016 at 06:31:10 pm     #   1 person liked this

jmleong posted at 05:31:10 PM on Dec 04, 2016:

In the meantime, I wonder if drying delicate clothes in a mesh fabric bag would help save your remaining blouses?

That's what I'm doing for now, I just would rather not have to hunt through all my loads (and risk missing on) or do separate loads because I don't have that many.

I don't think I would mess with actually repainting - the number of nicks in that dryer is A LOT. Sanding them all is going to be a big enough job. I guess at this point, I might as well. The dryer can't get any worse.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 04, 2016 at 06:51:13 pm     #  

I don't think sanding them will cause any more harm than there already is. Worth a shot.

In the future you might try the dishwasher for the pocket knife instead of the washer/dryer.

posted by slowsol on Dec 04, 2016 at 07:35:26 pm     #  

Maybe find out if there is such a thing as heat resistant porcelain/enamel touch up and dab the nicks to smooth them out?

I know you can buy such a thing for sinks/tubs so maybe it is available in a heat resistant formula.

posted by Foodie on Dec 04, 2016 at 07:37:12 pm     #  

https://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Spray-Paint/350938/561

Maybe this?

posted by holland on Dec 04, 2016 at 09:21:40 pm     #  

Good info, TT! So if I sand them out and lightly touch up with the spray paint that works for dryers, that should take care of my problem. May have to buy a silk blouse at Goodwill to test it out when I get finished with this project - don't want ruin another one of my!

posted by MsArcher on Dec 05, 2016 at 02:26:52 pm     #  

Good luck!

Please let us know what remedy you choose and how well it works in case we run into a similar problem in the future!

posted by shamrock44 on Dec 05, 2016 at 06:43:27 pm     #