Find answers to your most frequently
asked questions about
Thomas' Brush-on Stainless
SteelTM in the below categories .
I. What does it really look
1) Is it
really stainless steel?
Thomas' Liquid Stainless
SteelTM is made with 100% stainless steel in an
automotive grade, clear resin. We don't use any
colorants, pigments or dyes. What you see is 100%
2) How's it made?
It's a new Micrometal
technology that combines microscopic particles of stainless
steel with a clear, automotive grade resin. The
polymerization allows the stainless steel to flow.
3) Does it look like stainless
Yes, Thomas' Stainless SteelTM
looks like brushed stainless steel because it is
brushed stainless steel! Your brush strokes create a
brushed finish in 100% stainless steel.
stainless steel is commonly used in chef's kitchens
because it prevents fingerprints. It's a
warmer, more satin finish than the 'mirror type stainless
steel. Designers prefer it as it blends with a wider
range of kitchen colors.
The tone of your Thomas' Stainless SteelTM
finish will be custom to your kitchen because it draws color
from your cabinets, walls, floor and lighting. Like all
stainless, you'll notice it's different at noon than at night,
and on cloudy days versus sunny. Brushed stainless
steel is a finish that's truly exclusive to your
4) Can you use it on any colored
Yes, Thomas' Liquid Stainless
SteelTM will transform any color, make, or model of
appliance finish into brushed stainless steel.
5) Will it match all factory finished stainless
No, there's a large number of
different stainless steel mill finishes and grades supplied to
the appliance manufacturers, and as a result their tones are
very different. Consequently, Thomas' matches well with
some, and not as well with others. One thing is for
certain, Thomas' Stainless SteelTM matches all
stainless mill finishes better than white, almond, brown or
6) Can you use it on appliances that have a
Yes, 93% of the refrigerators
updated with Thomas' Liquid Stainless SteelTM are
textured because of the heavy use of texture by the appliance
industry over the last twenty-five years. All the
refrigerators re-finished on this web site are textured.
Thomas' will turn the finish of your white,
almond, gold, brown or black refrigerator into stainless steel
- it will not change its texture. Here's
what ThomasTM looks like on a typical textured
refrigerator from eighteen inches away - and from nine feet
away . . .
Close-up of Liquid Stainless
SteelTM on a textured
and from far
Lisa C., from Traphill, NC wrote this about her textured
fridge makeover -
"...At first, I was going to prime away the texture, but
decided against it and I'm so glad I did. It has an
incredibly unique finish and everyone who has seen it is
extremely impressed, but not as impressed as I am by this
Lisa C., Traphill, NC
If you wish to minimize the texture of your fridge, you may
apply one or two coats of a water-based primer, such as
Zinsser's Bulls Eye 1-2-3.
Please note, from our
experience, the texture will still be visible after priming,
but it will be reduced. If you elect to go this route,
apply the primer with our foam roller and brushes using the
same technique as your Thomas' Stainless SteelTM
finish, ensuring consistency between your
II. How durable is it?
1) How durable is it?
resin system is an automotive grade technology, so it has the
durability of your car's finish.
water-based resin technologies, the cure time for Thomas'
Liquid Stainless SteelTM is approximately two
weeks to achieve its full hardness. So
even though you can use your appliances right away, don't
aggressively clean them for two weeks.
Thomas' Stainless SteelTM
is an automotive grade coating
2) Can it be scratched?
Yes, just like
your car. The difference is you can renew Thomas' Liquid
Stainless SteelTM quickly and
3) Will it stain?
As with your car's
finish, it can if strong contaminates are allowed to set for a
4) How long will it last?
as a conventional car finish.
5) Will it show fingerprints?
Thomas' Stainless SteelTM will not fingerprint
because the clear resin surrounds the stainless steel. - A big
advantage over sheet stainless steel. In fact, here's
what one of your neighbor's wrote about painting over
her factory stainless steel fridge . . .
purchased a Sears stainless steel refrigerator six years ago,
it was terrible! Every fingerprint, every droplet of
water that was splashed on the front left a HUGE smudge when
we tried to spot clean it. Upkeep was much too time
consuming! When I saw your product on our AOL homepage,
I was cautiously optimistic. Could it really be possible
that our constant smeary refrigerator problem was soon to come
to an end?
We are SO satisfied with
our finished product. Many of our friends thought we
were a little strange "painting" our stainless steel
refrigerator with Liquid Stainless though!. We are
thrilled with the finished product! I love to try to
fingerprint the refrigerator daily - just because I
It was a simple project.
The complete kit arrived so quickly, the instruction DVD was
exceptional, and WE ARE THRILLED! Thank you! Thank
you! Your company is the greatest!!!!"
6) Will my refrigerator magnets still
Yes. Thomas' Stainless
SteelTM is manufactured using the 'cold process, so
it does not block the magnetivity of your fridge
door. As a result, you can still use refrigerator
magnets to hang pictures and notes - something you can't do on
a factory stainless steel finish.
Please note, although Thomas' posses magnetivity, it is not
sufficient to function as a 'magnetic
7) Can it handle the heat of a stove, oven,
oven hood, range top and fireplace?
Stainless SteelTM will withstand surface
temperatures up to 300 F - so it's fine for your
- gas and electric range and range
- oven door
glass oven door
- vent hood
Like all stainless steel range
tops, Thomas' Stainless SteelTM
or bronze the stainless steel around any burner that
accommodates pots or pans that are significantly wider than
the burner. This bronzing typically seasons about
one inch of the stainless around the burner. You
can observe seasoning on all stainless steel range tops in
Range top -
Range top - after
has been used on fireplace
frames. It can accommodate surface temperatures up to
300F. However, because of the large number of different
fireplace designs, it is impossible to identify a universal
surface temperature. Therefore, we
recommend testing Thomas' on a small area first to
determine its performance on your specific fireplace
Fireplace frame -
8) Can it be used
Yes, Thomas' is an
automotive grade resin so it performs well outside.
Note, Thomas' is not designed for surfaces that will be
submerged in water.
III. What surfaces can you transform with Thomas' Liquid
1) What surfaces can you use it
Thomas' will adhere well to -
all surfaces with an existing latex or oil-based
- glass oven doors
- ceramic tile - not on the walls
in the shower
- painted or
primed - plastic, wood and drywall
Note, adhesion to glossy surfaces such as brass,
plastics and chrome is aided by lightly sanding or 'deglossing
them first with a very fine grit sand paper or
When coating bare wood, bare
drywall, chrome or laminates, we recommend priming them first
with Zinsser's Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water-based primer.
Apply one to two coats of the primer with our foam
roller and brushes, using the same technique as your Thomas'
Stainless SteelTM finish ensuring consistency
between your finishes.
On glossy surfaces such as plastics, brass or
chrome, de-gloss them first with a very fine grit sand paper
to promote proper adhesion.
On plastic surfaces, use a
good plastic primer such as Rust-oleum's Plastic Primer.
Either use their aerosol spray or their liquid brush-on
version. When using their brush-on primer, again - apply
with a foam brush, and brush using the same technique
as your Thomas' Stainless SteelTM
finish ensuring consistency between your
finishes. Buy an extra foam brush just for the
primer because it is an oil-based product.
Be sure to follow Rust-oleum's safety
precautions, because their product is oil
their aerosol version, use outdoors and again follow
Rust-oleum's safety guidelines. Note: to
determine if your surface it plastic, trying getting a fridge
magnet to stick to it.
2) What projects can you use it
Thomas' Liquid Stainless SteelTM is
used to update -
- large and small kitchen
backsplashes - click on to read note
- wood cabinets - click on to read
- cabinet and door
- light fixtures
- kitchen pot racks
- bar stools
- kitchen trash
- brass on - click on
to read note brass shower door frames -
- towel bar
tables, desks, entertainment centers
- fireplace door frames
- file cabinets
- outdoor lighting
3) What can't you use it on?
can't use Thomas' Stainless SteelTM on
- unprimed plastic, bare wood, bare
drywall, chrome and laminates
countertops and laminates
- shower walls
- submerged surfaces - such as tubs, sinks
and toilets, and tub and sink drain pieces
- on food preparation
4) Can you use it to repair a scratch in fabricated
No. Because of the large number
of mill finishes and different grades of stainless steel it is
improbable to achieve a suitable match for factory stainless
steel scratch repair. It would be best to use Thomas'
Liquid Stainless SteelTM over the entire
5) Can you use it over rust?
The stainless steel in Thomas’ will not corrode and will
provide additional corrosion protection. On surfaces that are
already rusted, Liquid Stainless Steel™ will impede further
rust corrosion of the steel, however the rust will eventually
come through the surface. The more dense the rust, the faster
this will happen.
Sanding the rust off first and sealing it with a primer
will give the best protection. However, this method is
difficult to achieve an attractive final finish unless you
have refinishing experience.
6) Can you use it on your stove
Yes, click here
to read above
Can you use it on your tile
Yes, per the above,
Thomas' adheres well to tile backsplashes. Clean
your tile well to remove any residue and apply three thin
coats of Thomas' Stainless Steel base coat and then two coats
of your Thomas' Clear Topcoat. You do not need to prime
your tile first.
Depending on the width of your grout
lines, you may wish to test the look of Thomas' Stainless
SteelTM on your grout in a small area. If
your grout needs to be sealed, then prime your grout lines and
your tile with Zinsser's Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water based
primer. Apply the primer with
our roller and foam brushes, and brush using the same
technique as your Thomas' to ensure consistency between your
Can you use it on your brass or bronze
Yes, you can apply Thomas' to your brass
finishes. It does a beautiful job of updating
brass. To ensure proper adhesion, 'degloss the brass
first with a very fine grit sand paper or sanding sponge,
and then brush on three thin coats of Thomas' Stainless
Steel base and two coat of Thomas' Clear
9) Do you have to prime
your wood cabinets?
No, if your existing
wood cabinets still have a good finish on them, then Thomas'
will adhere fine.
If their finish is
gone, then you will need to prime them. Use Zinsser's
Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water based primer and apply using our roller
and foam brushes to ensure consistency between the finishes.
In addition, because Thomas' Stainless Steel has a
reflective tone, you may wish to minimize the visibility of
your cabinet's wood grain by priming your cabinets anyway with
Zinsser's Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water based primer. Again,
apply the primer with a foam brush using the same technique
as your Thomas' to ensure consistency
between your finishes.
Watch the 'Cabinet
demonstration video on our website or order the free DVD for
proper preparation and application technique. DVD
is included with the "Fridge Kit.
IV. How safe is it?
1) How safe is it?
Liquid Stainless™ and its High-Gloss Clear Topcoat
are water-based coatings and require the same basic
precautions as latex house paint.
much does it smell?
Thomas' Liquid Stainless
Steel™ and its High-Gloss Clear Topcoat are water-based
polymers that emit less odor than ordinary latex house
3) Does it contain any
No, Thomas' does not contain any lead.
As a public service, all paint manufacturers have placed
notices on their cans to warn consumers if they are removing
old house paint to make sure the old house paint
does not contain lead.
4) Why is
there a warning from the State of California?
with most latex type house paints, the State of California has
deemed that the ingredients in the resin may cause cancer and
birth defects. Therefore, to be consistent with the
standard policy of most paints, Thomas' should not be used to
coat your skin or be taken internally, and should be used with
V. How do you apply it?
1) How long does it
An average size refrigerator, range and
dishwasher can be transformed with Thomas’ Liquid
Stainless Steel™ in a weekend. It is very important to
apply per our instructions. Total time for completion is
7 - 10 hours.
It is not necessary to do all your
appliances at one time. You may just start and finish one
appliance at a time. Just ensure you seal your can
lids tight, and thoroughly clean your rollers and brushes
You may also apply your Clear Topcoat
at a later date, it does not have to be applied during the
same project. Note: the Clear Topcoat does provide
added protection to your new Liquid Stainless Steel™
2) Do you need to disconnect
or move your appliances?
No, it is not necessary
to disconnect or move any of your large appliances.
Small appliances such as a toaster, blender, mixer or
microwave should be unplugged. You may keep all
of your food in your refrigerator and freezer, just slightly
crack your fridge doors while the edges dry.
refinish your appliances where they sit - or you may elect to
slide out your refrigerator for access to any side that you
You can cook with your oven-stove and utilize
your dishwasher and microwave in twenty-four hours after
3) Do you need to prime your appliances
No, you do not need to prime your
appliances. Just clean them well with a window cleaner
such as Windex to remove any grease, dirt and
4) How well do you have to mix up
the Liquid Stainless Steel paint can?
the micronized stainless steel will have tendency to settle in
the can. The first time you use it, you'll need to shake and
then stir the can well in order to get all the stainless steel
dispersed again. You will find the settled
stainless steel at the bottom of the can may be stirred back
into the solution within a few minutes. Only an
intermittent stirring is needed after
5) How do you apply the brush-on
On big surfaces such as your
refrigerator, you simply roll Thomas' Stainless Steel Base
Coat onto one section to get the coating on quickly.
Then while it's still wet, brush back over what you just
applied, using long one-way strokes to remove the stipple
created by the roller and to impart the brushed finish in your
stainless steel. You may brush back over it a few times
to ensure it's smooth. Your first coat will look
very sparse, and that's OK, your second and third coat will
fill it in nicely. You'll see the coating brighten as it
dries as the stainless steel particles flatten out and rise to
Our 11" wide Microfoam brush was engineered specifically to
impart a smooth, brushed finish without lap lines.
Your "Fridge Kit includes our "Save-A-Trip Kit, which
includes a roller arm, roller covers, roller pan, and 11" and
3" wide Foam Brushes. Or you may choose to purchase any
of our tools separately.
Roll it on and then brush it smooth with our 11" Brush
You'll apply three very thin coats of your Liquid Stainless
SteelTM base coat, and then one to two coats of
your Thomas' Clear Topcoat. The topcoat is included with
all the Kits.
After first thin
coat After second thin
After third thin coat
Note: coating brightens as it dries as the stainless
steel particles flatten out and rise to the
The topcoat seals and protects the stainless steel and it
builds its gloss. You may add up to a maximum of three
topcoats - a fourth coat will make it
Here's another way you can save
money with Thomas' Stainless SteelTM.
The majority of new factory stainless steel appliances only
have their fronts finished in stainless and their sides and
top are painted black. You may also elect to follow this
design direction - and paint your refrigerator sides and top
black - in order to get more coverage with Thomas' Liquid
Stainless SteelTM. You may use
any good water-based semi-gloss acrylic black for this.
On small appliances, skip the roller and just brush on
Thomas' Stainless SteelTM
6) Do you have to use the
The roller speeds things up on large
areas, such as your refrigerator, because it delivers
an optimal amount of the coating to the surface.
On small areas or projects such as your refrigerator's door
edge or on your door knobs, the roller is not necessary and
the stainless steel base coat and the clear topcoat can be
applied with one of your smaller Micro-Foam
Thomas' roller cover was selected because it has a short
foam nap - ensuring you get a consistent amount of coating on
your surface regardless of how it is rolled.
7) Do you have
to brush over what you just rolled?
because if you don't, you'll get a 'stipple finish from the
roller instead of a brushed finish. The 'stipple finish
from the roller is darker and less reflective because it's not
8) Can you use a good latex
paint brush instead of the foam
Yes, you can. However, the
11" Microfoam brush was designed specifically to impart a
smooth brushed finish across a large area without the presence
of lap lines between brush strokes. Typical
latex paint brushes have a tendency to create visible brush
strokes and lap lines in Thomas' stainless steel.
can replace the smaller foam brushes with replacements from
your local hardware store.
9) Can you apply
one thick coat instead of three thin coats of
No, one thick coat of Liquid
Stainless Steel™ will impart an uneven finish in the
stainless, creating poor results and insufficient adhesion to
your surface. Multiple thin coats are required.
The first coat will look very sparse and uneven. That's
OK. Subsequent thin coats will fill it in. You'll
see the coating brightens as it dries.
10) How long do you have to wait between coats
11) Do you have to clean your brushes
between coats of Thomas'?
No, just keep then
sealed and wet in a plastic bag.
What if you brush up against it while Thomas'
Wait until the blemish is dry (an hour or
so). Then lightly coat over the blemish with your Liquid
Stainless Steel™. Allow it to dry and lightly recoat the
blemish again. Now allow it to semi-cure overnight.
The next day use your #150 grit Drip Eraser Pad or 'fine
grit sand paper to lightly smooth out the coating over the
blemish. Wipe off any sanded particles. Make sure
it's smooth. Then re-coat over the entire section
(not just the blemish) using your foam roller and MicroFoam
13) What if you notice a drip after Thomas'
Stainless had dried?
Lightly sand the dried
drip smooth with your #150 grit Drip Eraser Pad or fine grit
sand paper. Wipe off any sanded particles. Make
sure it's smooth. Then either re-touch just the
drip area - or if it's still noticeable, re-coat over the
entire section using your foam roller and MicroFoam
14) How long do you
have to wait before you can put on the Clear
Do you have to put on the Clear
No. However, the Clear Topcoat does
provide added protection to your new Liquid Stainless Steel™
seals the stainless, prevents fingerprints and it builds the
One Topcoat provides a satin
gloss finish. A second Topcoat creates a high gloss
finish. Three Topcoats coats is the maximum gloss.
A fourth Topcoat will make your finish cloudy.
You may also apply our Clear
Topcoat at a later date, no time minimum. It does not
have to be applied during the same
Thomas' Clear Topcoat is not designed for sealing existing
fabricated stainless steel.
16) Do you have to clean your brushes before you
put on the Clear Topcoat?
Rinse them thoroughly with warm water and dry with paper
17) Can you spray the
Yes, Thomas’ Liquid
Stainless Steel™ can be sprayed with professional spray
equipment, i.e. conventional, airless, air assisted
airless, air brush, and HVLP systems with the proper tips and
nozzles on the gun. Your tips should be sized to
accommodate a 35 micron piece of stainless steel.
Dilute 3% by volume with water.
brushed finish can be achieved by backbrushing after
NOTE: CONSUMER POWER SPAYERS AND
GARDEN SPRAYERS CANNOT BE USED.
18) How do you darken the look of my appliance's
plastic, touch pad type, control
You can cover them with
see-through, static cling type window film available at most
home centers and our website. Be sure to maintain the
appropriate control of your appliances.
Note, if you need to replace your range knobs, home
centers and hardware stores sell replacement 'universal
19) Can you use this on your appliance's
Yes, we recommend it.
If your handles are plastic, we recommend removing
them to the outdoors, if possible, and priming them first with
Rust-oleum's Plastic Primer. Either use
their aerosol spray or liquid brush-on version. When
using their liquid primer, again - apply with a foam brush,
and brush using the same technique as your Thomas'
Stainless SteelTM finish ensuring consistency
between your finishes. Be sure to
follow Rust-oleum's safety precautions, because their product
is oil based.
When using their aerosol version, use outdoors and again
follow Rust-oleum's safety guidelines.
If you use their brush on
primer, then buy an extra foam brush just for
the primer because it is an oil-based product.
Note: to determine if your surface is plastic,
try getting a fridge magnet to stick to
20) How do you clean it
Use warm water and soap to clean
Thomas' foam brushes and rollers. Note the rollers have
a fiberboard interior so they may not be re-useable multiple
times. Be sure to seal your Liquid Stainless
SteelTM and Clear Topcoat Lids tight for your next
project and store them inside because they are
Note - if you need to remove dried Liquid Stainless
SteelTM from a surface, then consider a new
non-flammable, brush-on gel called 'CitriStrip. It's
available in the Paint Department at Home Depot.
Brush or wipe it on, and then let it sit for one hour - and
the coating should rub off with a rag. I've also used a
wood tongue depressor because it's semi soft - to help scrap
off stubborn areas. Don't use anything metal as it may
scratch your surface. Please follow the manufacturer’s
instructions and test it on a small, inconspicuous area
first. Be sure the surface is clean, dry and free of any
residue before re-coating.
VI. How do you care for
Care for Thomas' stainless steel like
your car, use mild soap, water and a soft cloth.
not use stainless steel cleaners or polishes. Thomas'
StainlessTM will not fingerprint
VII. What's your
If you are
not satisfied with Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel™ for any
reason, send unused portion along with your receipt
2216 North Broadway,
Louis, MO 63102
GIANI, Inc. will
refund you the entire purchase amount, excluding shipping and
Since we do not have control over
surface preparation or application, this Warranty does not
include cost of labor for application of coating and excludes
any incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not
allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so
the limitation or exclusion contained in the above warranty
may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific
legal rights. You may also have other rights which may
vary from state to state. Thomas' Foam Roller and Foam
brushes are designed specifically to achieve the optimal
stainless steel finish. Failure to use these may void
VIII. How is your 'spray-on version different than
the brush-on stainless?
The 'Spray-On Thomas' Stainless SteelTM
aerosol version is also made with 100% stainless steel.
Please note that because of the
extremely small stainless steel size needed in order for the
stainless to spray - it's a more satin - matte finish than the
liquid, brush-on version.
You may build the gloss of the spray-on version with
Rust-oleum's aerosol clear topcoat -
"Lacquer - available in most hardware stores and home
centers. A clear topcoat is not required, just
- or - you may use our
water-based Thomas' brush-on, Hi-Gloss Clear Topcoat that's
available on our "Product's
Note: The Thomas' Stainless
SteelTM aerosol version is ideal for small and
detailed projects. It's not designed to coat large
appliances such as your refrigerator, range or dishwasher,
because it's unwise to spray indoors, and because it's
extremely challenging to get a uniform finish on a large area
with any type of consumer spray nozzle.
version may be used on outdoor surfaces.
the aerosol's can safety guidelines, because as with all
aerosol paints, its