Your Place: Suggestions to change the face of a gas range

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Readers, as Iíve come to expect, have offered some fine suggestions for a correspondent who has been seeking a way to replace the white front panel on her Thermador slide-in gas range with a stainless-steel one.

Richard Cohen said he has what the reader described. Itís a 30-inch gas slide-in range with an exhaust vent that raises up in the back, exhausts down, then under the floor and outside, and it is in stainless steel.

The model number is RDDS30V.

A problem, he said, is that it was manufactured and installed in 2001, and thus might not still be available.

I would suggest that this model might be available somewhere online, and now that the model number of the stainless-steel version is known, it might be easier to find.

Reader Barnet Weiss writes that on the television show Shark Tank, a woman showed magnetic coverings that can be applied to almost any appliance in many decors.

One was stainless steel, and Weiss believes that the price was about $100.

I found what Weiss was talking about at www.applianceart.com .

Finally, an unidentified reader wrote that he was a "great fan of paint as a solution" and suggested Rust-Oleum High Heat enamel for this project.

"I just used it on my fireplace tools and door frame, and Iím very happy with the result. It does not give a shiny, cookware-style stainless-steel finish, but rather a satin gloss."

Spraying was very controlled, so a minimum of masking was needed to protect the surrounding surfaces, and over-spraying was easily avoided.

Rust-Oleum claims heat resistance up to 1,200 degrees, and recommends this enamel for grills, wood stoves and more, he said.

My only caveat is that spraying paint in a confined place can be messy, and that you need to take precautions before you go this route.

You might call around to auto-body shops to see if they could spray-paint the front door.

Of course, it has to be removable so you can send it out.

You need to do a perfect job, especially if you plan to sell the house sometime down the road.