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How to Install the Tool Conversion Kit
Model 51-4 series
Side By Side


Getting Started

1.  Remove contents from package and make sure you have all the necessary components and tools to complete this task

Components included in kit

6 faux drawer panels ( ABCDEF)

1 push bar & 2 adhesive mounting circles

2 push bar end plugs

4 faux locks

2 upper side handles & 4 adhesive mounting strips

6 plastic plugs

1 pint of paint

1 foam paint brush

1 roller & tray kit

1 sheet of sand paper

2 roll double stick tape

2 set of  vinyl stripes

1 decal set

Tools needed to install kit

Drill & 1/4" bit

Tape measure

Utility or razor knife

Metal straight edge (3 or 4 ft)

Hack saw

Household cleaner

High quality masking tape

2 Read instruction entirely prior to starting any work.  Do not remove the protective covering off of the chrome strips until you have completed mounting the panels.

Sizing things up

3.  Measure the height and width of the door(s) and record in the space below
Wide Side Door
  Door size Subtract Panel size
Door Width   -2"  
Door Height   -7"  

 Narrow Side Door

  Door size Subtract Panel size
Door Width   -2"  
 Door Height   -7"  

If the width of the wide door is 24” or larger do not subtract for panel sizing, no side trimming will be necessary. If it is less than 24”, subtract 2” from the door’s width dimension and record above. You will need to trim all 3 (A, B, C) panels to this width. (See trimming instruction below)
If the width of the narrow door is 15” or larger do not subtract for panel sizing, no side trimming will be necessary. If it is less than 15”, subtract 2” from the door’s width dimension and record above. You will need to trim all 3 (D., E, F) panels to this width. (See trimming instruction below)


If the height of the door is 64” or larger do not subtract for panel sizing. No bottom trimming is necessary. If it is less than 64”, subtract 7” from the door’s height dimension to determine the panel’s height. You will need to trim the (A, C) and (D, F) panels to this height. (See trimming instruction below)


4   Trimming the width.  Mark each set of panels for right and left. Be very careful not to mix up the panels while you are trimming them. Use the panel size information from the chart in step #3 to cut the wider panels. Lay panel (A) face down, measure and mark the width that the panel needs to be. Using a utility or razor knife, care fully cut the panel. (use several light cuts rather than one deep cut)  Hint: Use two 1” pieces of the supplied double stick tape to fasten a metal straight edge on the back of the panel next to your cut marks. This will hold it from moving while you are cutting.  After you have cut through the panel, turn it over and place your knife on chrome strips directly above the cut line and press down to cut them. Complete this procedure for the other wide side panels (B) and (C). Repeat this entire step for the narrow side panels (E) (F), and (G)


5.  Trimming the height. Use the panel size information from the chart in step #3 to cut the panels. For the height trimming you will be cutting equal amounts off of panels (A & C) and (D & F). Do not cut any height of panels (B) or (E)  The total height of all three panels is 57”, therefore you subtract the panel size (that you  computed and recorded in step #3) from 57” and divide the answer by 2 to find out how much to cut off each of panels (A & C) and (D & F ). Lay the panels face down, measure from the bottom up and mark the amount each panel needs to have trimmed off. Use the same cutting procedure as in step #4.


Preparing for paint

Figure 1


6. Remove all handles and logo badges. Although it is not usually visible, most handles are screwed to the unit. You may need to remove covers or facades to get to the screws. Be careful not to dimple or bend the face of the unit as you remove them. Drill out any exposed holes to ¼” and fill with the supplied plastic plugs

7.  Clean entire outside surface of the refrigerator/freezer (especially the magnetic gasket that seals the doors to the body) with soap and water or a non-residue cleaner. Scuff the surface with the supplied sanding pads. Wipe down surface with a damp cloth to remove the sanding dust.

8.  Mark lightly in pencil on the refrigerator/freezer where the panels are going to be placed.  The marks for the vertical placement should be approximately 2” down from the top and 1” up from the bottom of the doors with 4” in between middle panel (A & B) and (D & E.) (See figure 1)  Mark the horizontal placement lines by measuring in 1 ½” in from the outside side of each door and ½” from the inside of each door.  On larger refrigerators (ones that require no panel cut) you will need to move the marks in to make sure you paint all the front area that will not be covered by the panels.  These marks do not need to be absolutely accurate because you will be painting over them

 9.  With the door closed, using a sharp pencil, carefully mark around the magnetic door gasket where it meets the refer/freeze box. Open the doors and mask off inside the pencil line where the gasket contacts the body and the face of the door gasket. You will be painting the side (exposed edge) of the magnetic gasket when you paint the rest of the unit. To insure a good clean paint line, we recommend that you use high quality masking tape and make sure you rub the edge down. Do not be concerned with a little bleed over, the vinyl strips will clean up your edge.

Figure 2

10. On one side of the unit hold an upper side handle down 4” from the top and center it horizontally. Making sure it is level and using it as a template, mark on the side of the refrigerator/freezer its placement. Repeat this on the other side. Place the ½” x 2’’ high bond adhesive strips with in those marks as illustrated. (See figure 2 top cut away)   Rub it down with you finger to make sure you have good adhesion

11. Decide on which side of the unit you want the push bar to be placed. On that side, approximately the same levels as the top of panel (B) hold the bar in place. If the bar is longer than the depth of the unit itself, (not including the door) you will need to trim it to length. (Trim equal amounts from both ends in order to keep the mounts centered on the bar).  Next, insert the plastic end plugs. Using a pencil, mark where the mounting brackets contact the unit (make sure it is level.) Place the ¾” high bond adhesive circles in the center of those marks as illustrated. (See figure 2 bottom cut away)


12. Open the paint roller package carefully; the plastic serves as a paint tray. Using the roller, paint the sides and top completely and the front approximately ½” inside the panel marks. Use the brush to paint the door gaskets and the areas between the doors and under the lower door.

Hints: 1) On the gasket and hinges several light coats dabbed on produce better results than heavy ones. 2) The area under the lower door is easier to paint if you remove the grate panel.   3) Don’t worry if you get some paint on the push handle or the side handle adhesive backing, it will not show when you are completely finished

13.   Allow the paint coat to dry completely (approx. 2 to 4 hours) before applying the next coat. In most cases two or three coats will cover adequately, but in some cases up to four coats may be necessary. (See instructions on the paint container)


14. Very carefully remove the masking tape. Use the supplied vinyl strips to clean up the paint edge. Place the ¼” wide tape overlapping approximately half on the paint and half on the unpainted surface. Use a utility or razor knife to carefully cut the end.

Figure 3

15. Panels. Re-mark the panel position marks on the doors, be exact this time. Hold panel up to check for accuracy once before applying the double stick tape to the panels. Tape a full perimeter band approximately ½” in from the panel’s edge as well as extra corner and center pieces as illustrated. .(See figure 3)    Remove the backing from the double stick tape and apply panels.  Be very careful to get the panel on straight as it is difficult to remove and reposition the panels.  Push on the panels at the taped area to assure good adhesion

16    Locks. Place a mark centered horizontally above each panel and evenly spaced between the top of the panel and the top of the door. (See figure 4)   Peel the double stick backing off the faux locks and stick over the marks

17 Upper Side Handles. Remove the backing from the previously mounted high bond adhesive strips. (Refer back to figure 2) Place the chest handles level on each side of the refrigerator or freezer down 4” from the top and centered over the adhesive and press them on.

Note: If you are going to be moving the unit or pulling on the handles often you may want to screw upper side handles on using # 8 x1/2” sheet metal screws (simply punch from the back side of the handle to remove the faux screws.)

Figure 4

18. Push Bar. Remove the backing from the previously mounted high bond adhesive circles. (Refer back to figure 2)  Place the bar holder over top of the adhesive (re-check to make sure it is level) and press on.


19. Decals. At the top of the doors, to the right of the locks, place the logo decals. It is best to give the paint at least 24 hours to dry before placing the decals on the unit. Take care to place them level and in the same position on both doors.


20. You now have the coolest refrigerator/freezer in town. Enjoy showing it off to all your friends.

Thank you for purchasing this Tool Cool Conversion Kit.

If you have any questions or needs, please contact us at
800.456.3171 fax 503.582.0837

Red Ball Product Development, Wilsonville Oregon

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