"polishing" painted stove?

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

  1. tickbitty

    tickbitty
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,550
    Likes Received:
    11
    Loc:
    VA
    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!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. formula_pilot

    formula_pilot
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    3
    Loc:
    New England -CT New Haven County
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  3. HomeBruin

    HomeBruin
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2012
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    10
    Loc:
    Califon, NJ
    Glad I finally splurged and got the enamel coated cast iron, just wipes clean with soft rag, easy peasy!
     
  4. TradEddie

    TradEddie
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2012
    Messages:
    813
    Likes Received:
    226
    Loc:
    SE PA
    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
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. tickbitty

    tickbitty
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,550
    Likes Received:
    11
    Loc:
    VA
    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...
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  6. BobUrban

    BobUrban
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2010
    Messages:
    1,922
    Likes Received:
    1,133
    Loc:
    Central Michigan
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    17,093
    Likes Received:
    3,553
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Ding! Fries are done! ;)
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

Share This Page