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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by smwilliamson, May 13, 2014.

  1. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    Restoring a Lopi Pioneer, one of my favorite stoves, used high heat primer on the cast panel, taped off the grout lines, used high heat flat Chevy red, misted over with high heat flat black, then removed tape. Ta da!

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  2. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    BEAUTIFUL! I love the 'touch' with the misted black!
  3. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    I should have snapped a before photo... This cast backing was in tough shape. The texture you may be able to see in the bricks was where the iron had lifted with all the rust and corrosion. Perhaps adds to the realistic effect now.
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  4. MountainSean

    MountainSean Credo Quia Absurdum

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    That is a gorgeous paint job.
  5. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    Except where it got behind the tape... Thanks Sean, seriously...took 20 minutes to tape the grout but about 2 minutes on the rest of it.
  6. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    I think Don posted a painted brick job before too. Got the idea from him.
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    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    gorgeous , but what happens after being exposed to firebox temps ?
  8. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    I used a ceramic based 1300::F paint. Should hold up reasonably well if I can figure a way to cure it. The direction said to start the engine and let it run for 10 minutes then cool for 20 then let it run for 20 and cool for 30. At some point I guess I have to drive the stove around the block a few times.
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  9. Don2222

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    Yes thanks, I did - That came out nice Scott. Showroom new.

    I used 2,000 Deg F header paint for the white primer and 1400 deg f Copper and Surf Sand color for a more modern look. :)

    This is the big brother Avalon Astoria fire brick

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    NHcpa Feeling the Heat

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    Anyone ever paint the medalian and deflector panels on a Harman? Thinking of doing if not creating more maintenance.
  11. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    That might be tough cause the fire actually hits those panels. At least the center compass on the Accentras. The baffles would be okay.
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    NHcpa Feeling the Heat

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    That would be blow torch on the compass I guess... Nice job on the brick! It looks also textured like brick.
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    Nice job! You could use an old oven that you no longer cook food in to cure high temp paint.
  14. smwilliamson

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    Oh and the trick here...you have to mist the black while the red is still wet. I did go over the black with the red and then back to black...all while wet to get the blending effect. Just in case you're fixing to try it out. Not hard. Just keep going back and forth until you get it.
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    Don, yeah that's one of them. Got a bunch of stoves on the showroom floor this spring. All of them getting the "treatment". Gotta say, it's nice having a workshop with a lift and all my tools handy. So much better than doing this on site in the front yard.
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    Looks Great
  18. smwilliamson

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    Coming together, new paint, new glass gaskets, polished and cleaned the gold trim, few more finishing touches and new door gasket and she'll be all newey.

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    Hi Scott

    Where is your Grill?

    Here is the 1997 Lopi Pioneer I did 2 years ago. I updated the knob control to the Digital Panel.
    Does yours have the knobs?
    I also installed the Graphite Impregnated Door Gasket for that high quality look.

    I went with the Flat Aluminum for the door trim and grill paint and Surf Sand on the bricks with Flat White between the bricks for that Up-To-Date look. :)

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    Why is it one of your favorite stoves? Easy to work on? Reliable? Efficient? Stylish?

    Just trying to learn from those more experienced.
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    It looks like it will be better than new when you have it finished. Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures and allowing us to follow along with the restoration.
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    Scott, looking good. Did you figure out how to cure the paint? Too large for a conventional oven, don't think you can get an electric heater without thermostat control...
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    Hello

    Sometimes I just light a small fire for 15 minutes in the fire box, to cure the paint and then another fire for 30 mins.

    I just repainted the top of my garage stove and then lit a fire for 30 mins. I could smell the paint curing for sure. LOL

    Are you going to paint any part of your stove this summer Lake Girl?
  24. smwilliamson

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    Here are my reasons:

    1. Travis Ind. builds things really well. They think through their designs while not re-inventing the wheel and they use quality materials
    2. I know them very well so getting around them is easy peasy
    3. They are a small stove so they don't take up much shop space and are easy to maneuver
    4. You can put a little bit of elbow grease into them and get a whole lotta reward
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    Ahhh. My grille is just black. I also opted for the analog board, it was in great shape and I like it more....actually, it's still digital just has knobs.

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