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"polishing" painted stove?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by tickbitty, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. tickbitty

    tickbitty Minister of Fire

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    My Lopi is only a couple of years old and has it's original nice coat of paint, it's in good shape and looks good IF I work at it and clean it frequently. However, when it gets dusty and ashy, the cleanup takes quite a bit of work with a sponge and etc to get it to look nice again. Is there any kind of polish that would work the way grease does on seasoned cast iron, just something to give it a slight polish or wet look without cleaning and drying and cleaning and drying again till it's perfect? Anything I could just wipe on there, (that would kinda work the way armour all does in the car)? THe ash lip is particularly difficult to clean and will often retain "spots" or an ashy look, and the top will sometimes get water spotted if I drip from the pain I keep on there for moisture in the air.

    The color of the Republic 1750i is called metallic black, I think, but it's almost like a charcoal color, not very dark. It's kind of a semi-matte finish, not real glossy.

    Most actual "stove polishes" are for unpainted cast iron, and are black. Would "pledge" or something wax based work? I don't want to hurt the paint, or attract more dust!

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  2. formula_pilot

    formula_pilot Member

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    I used stove polish on the Defiant, and have touched up the black painted Jotul with it as well. After the first fire, the stove polish seems to blend into the paint and looks good. That said, stove polish is generally intended for unpainted stoves.
  3. HomeBruin

    HomeBruin New Member

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    Glad I finally splurged and got the enamel coated cast iron, just wipes clean with soft rag, easy peasy!
  4. TradEddie

    TradEddie Minister of Fire

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    That ash lip on the Lopis drives me crazy, why can't it be a flush lip? On my old slammer I used a stove polish that did a nice job, but I can't imagine risking that on the new insert until it's many years older. This stuff was very very black, and gave a great satin finish that lasted all season, but it was so black that any unpolished parts look real bad.

    TE
  5. tickbitty

    tickbitty Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the input everyone. Yeah I wouldn't want to make it look "too" black against the regular paint... wish there was something that would work kinda like armour all, you know? Wonder what would happen if I tried just a little car wax...
  6. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    car wax would just burn off. You can season it with oil - crisco works great but it will make your house smell like french fries for a bit :) Just like seasoning a cast iron pan. The oil will penetrate the hot steel and leave a hard, shiny finish.
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Ding! Fries are done! ;)

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