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Who is painting their pellet stove this summer to make it look good for the fall?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Don2222, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    I found a great working stove that really needs a paint job. A Quadrafire Santa Fe

    So this is what I do.
    Vacuum all the dirt and dust inside and out completely.
    Take all the panels apart and repaint them separately.

    1. Use the wire brush for the drill to take off hard bubbling rust spots.
    2. Use Emory cloth to sand it down smooth.
    3. Use a rag wet with Acetone to clean the rust and oils.
    Note: This is an important step so the paint will take and not crack or wrinkle after it is sprayed on! I clean each spot 3 times lightly to assure all oils and dirt are gone. If you bear down too much the Acetone will remove all the paint. So be careful.

    Also a nice painter's tarp on the floor and masking tape on the window and other spots catch the over spray and make for an easier cleanup!

    Then I use Flame Proof 2,000 Degree flat black Header Paint from the auto parts store for the fire box.
    Stove Bright Satin Black (Or Matelic Black for the newer stoves) for the outside.
    Remember: This paint dries quick so 2 light coats are better than one heavy coat that has drips and runs!
    See pic below.

    What do you do?

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  2. Defiant

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    Nothing !!! I have a new Harman[​IMG]
  3. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    How old? Harmans need paint too?
  4. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    The XXV is a 2011, my other Harmans original Invincible FS and older P-38, I always follow the procedures that you stated in your post each season and they always look brand new.
    [​IMG]
  5. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Very Good. Taking good care of the stoves sure makes a Huge Difference in how long they last and how good they stay looking!

    Anyone else do a little painting?
  6. DexterDay

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    I painted the grill on the Classic Bay and painted the inside of the Firebox. Looks brand new!

    Newgrill.jpg
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    Nice job Mad Dog [​IMG]
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  8. smoke show

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    Nope.

    But when I need it, Dexters the man. ;)
  9. DexterDay

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    Dont matter if its wood or wood pellets....

    Mama makes me keep it clean... She puts up with a lot of Chit. I just gotta make sure it looks nice when I do it. ;)
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    Rule #1, Keep Mama Happy :cool:
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  11. Don2222

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    Wow, very nice Dexter. Was that grill black before? What was the color you used to paint it?
    Is it high temp Stove Bright paint?
  12. DexterDay

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    Yeah. It was black until 2 days ago. I used a Bronze/Gold High Temp Header Paint (HHT?).

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  13. Lousyweather

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    the ole P61 needs some cosmetic care......was thinking of sandblasting the thing and changing the color again....was Goldenfire Brown last year........
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    There is a guy down the street from me that had a body shop/ chopper shop that took an Empress and chromed all the cast pieces, the entire thing. Looks like the Terminator...gotta get a picture of it next time I'm over.
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  15. Don2222

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    Where did your friend get his equipment for electroplating?

    Yes, I would like to see the pics!

    I had some aluminum trim for a stove that I wanted to electroplate. There is a difference in setups for different materials. Not many shops around here do this anymore. There are some industrial companies here that only do high production runs for military or commercial parts. No small jobs.
    There is one company that can do just about any type of electroplating for a price!
    http://www.berkshireplating.com/

    You can also buy do-it yourself kits. However, alot of time and setup. All you need is a variable volt DC power supply, chemicals, electrodes and some pans.
    The best place OnLine for those supplies is Caswell. A good setup still costs a few bucks.
    http://www.caswellplating.com/elect...e-teflonr-electroless-nickel-kit-4-5-gal.html

    In many cases you have to run the same piece thru twice to get better quality results.
  16. heat seeker

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    This is how mine looks this summer. The first picture is more accurate as to color of the "bricks".


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    Very Nice!

    Did you paint the steel fire back?

    I painted a similar one on an Enviro EF-2i
  18. Lousyweather

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    lol- fingerprint city! I like stainless appliances in the kitchen, but man, the fingerprints of the kiddos really look like heck there!
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    just flat black ?
    No nose art or street racer flames ?

    :)
  20. tinkabranc

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    Have not had to paint the outside of either stove yet, but I do paint the brick panel in
    my Advance now and then. Looks better than the blah factory grey.

    Posting an older pic as I don't know where I put the camera.

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  21. Don2222

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    Very nice, I need to paint the brick panel in my Astoria.

    What color did you paint your fire brick panel? Pic looks real good!
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    thanks

    Used Stove Bright - Copper for bricks, Surf Sand for mortar

    Gotta give the credit to imacman tho, he gave me the idea
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    heat seaker that looks awesome, like new. What paint did you use for that? Was considering pulling mine and painting while it was clean.
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    Thanks for the compliments, guys!

    No, just the brick, side panels, and the trim pieces and the burn pot.

    Salty, I just used Krylon high temp paint, like for a grill, etc. The brick paint does burn off, but the side trim doesn't get as hot, so the paint lasts.

    I didn't paint the steel back, since the paint was for summer looks only, and I didn't want the paint smell inside. I'm not too worried about rust, since I sealed off the exhaust from the outside, and the house has AC for the really humid days. I will pull the brick out to see what's happened over the summer. I also figured that I can't get at the other side of the back, so it'll rust anyway, if it's going to.

    I didn't seal the vent well last year, and had some rust in the stove. I did a better job this year. I sure don't want to lose the stove to rust!
  25. Don2222

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    Awesome! ! ! Super Nice but please tell use?

    How did you get the Surf Sand in the mortar?

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