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Old 01-12-2007, 09:47 PM   #1
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Question How do I refurbish my Magic Chef?

While I have my oven out while cabinets are being installed I would like to have it 'spiffed up'. Actually, it is the stove top and cover that need help. The oven itself is in pretty good shape. Who would I look for to do this? I am at a loss... Pam
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Pam,
Depends on teh finish, of course.
If it is the stainless finish, then you can sand the cover in one direction with 220 sandpaper, and give it a fresh brushed look. Did this on the stove cover on my 1971 TradeWind, and it worked like a charm. The grates could be powdercoated, and teh cover underneath could be cleaned and polished, or chromed.
But, not knowing what your stove's finish consists of makes suggestions difficult.
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Thanks Uwe!

It sounds like I could sand the cover and make it nice. I have read in other threads about 'powdercoating', but I don't know what that is.... the grates on my stove are black, underneath that is silver (stainless?) and the cover is stainless. BTW, this is an original Magic Chef in a 1974 Tradewind. Thanks for your reply... Pam
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Pam,

Powdercoating is a process in which the colored maerial is applied to the work piece inside a large heated enclosure, and then baked onto the metal.
I don't remember if it is actually powder anymore, but it used to be. The work piece is electrically charged, and the material has the opposite charge, so that it adheres quite well.

Sounds like you have mostly stainless surfaces to work with.
You can take the dirty or corroded parts off and start with a good cleaning, then decide what finish you want.
Stainless steel can be polished to a very high sheen. It might be worthwhile to look for a polishig outfit in your area and consult them.
You can brush-finish all the parts, but it might be hard to do inside the contours of the burner cover.
You can have the pieces chromed as well, it looks really nice and is easy to clean.
Before dropping energy and money on the stove, make sure it is functioning as advertised.
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Uwe, I am sorry to be dense.... but if I want to have it chromed or powdercoated, who would I look for in the Yellow Pages? I know I am not going to do any of this myself, so I would like to know who does this kind of work. Thanks for helping me with this... Oh, and the stove work nicely! Pam
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Uwe, I am sorry to be dense.... but if I want to have it chromed or powdercoated, who would I look for in the Yellow Pages? I know I am not going to do any of this myself, so I would like to know who does this kind of work. Thanks for helping me with this... Oh, and the stove work nicely! Pam
Chrome:
Yahoo! Yellow Pages

Powdercoating:

Yahoo! Yellow Pages

Appliance refinishing:

Yahoo! Yellow Pages


Metal Polishing:

Yahoo! Yellow Pages


Scroll down, there's more entries than the top two.
Nothing dense about your questions.
I do not know any of these service poroviders personally, but this should get you going in the right direction. Use care and discretion whenever you contract out your parts to be redone. Ask to look at a sample of their work, and if that's not available, ask for references.

Good Luck!
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Thumbs up Thanks again!

I really appreciate the time you invested. You have been a huge help and I will start making some phone calls!!! Pam
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I thought it was recently asserted that these parts from the stoves of this era aren't actually "stainless steel", but nickel plated, and therefore, polishing wouldn't help. and perhaps (can't recall specifically) restoration isn't really practical. at least, for the pitted areas I have on mine.
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You're welcome, Pamela.
If you look closely at the oven door, then you will see screws and hardware that allows you to take the outer cover off the stainless door, so you can get that part spiffed up as well.
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I thought it was recently asserted that these parts from the stoves of this era aren't actually "stainless steel", but nickel plated, and therefore, polishing wouldn't help. and perhaps (can't recall specifically) restoration isn't really practical. at least, for the pitted areas I have on mine.
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I never tried polishing my ugly stove pieces. I went to town with a straight sanding block and 220 grit paper. I dug deep enough to get rid of the corrosion, did the oven door and the stove top cover, but not the burner cover. This was when I had the 1971 TradeWind. I do not know if the stoves/ovens were all the same during the 70's. I am pretty sure that my metal was stainless. It was a bear to sand, i remember that.
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Pam -

My wife has a garden shop in Lake Oswego. She has had a number of (outdoor) metal sculpture pieces powder coated at a place in Portland, and has liked their quality and service. They are a few miles east of Delta Park in an industrial area.

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Pam - One other option you might consider is a wooden cover for the stove. The cover on my stove was pretty far gone so I removed it and replaced it with a wooden cover from Camping World. They look like butcher block and have adjustable rubber feet underneath that fit right into each burner grate so it self-centers and doesn't wiggle around. I needed the extra counter space it provides. Of course you have to remove it to use the stove and allow the stove to cool before you replace it, but for me it was a good solution.

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Pam - One other option you might consider is a wooden cover for the stove. The cover on my stove was pretty far gone so I removed it and replaced it with a wooden cover from Camping World. They look like butcher block and have adjustable rubber feet underneath that fit right into each burner grate so it self-centers and doesn't wiggle around. I needed the extra counter space it provides. Of course you have to remove it to use the stove and allow the stove to cool before you replace it, but for me it was a good solution.

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Hey Thanks, I looked through the options at Camping World and they have quite a few that would work. Great idea for the top! Pam
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...I never tried polishing my ugly stove pieces. I went to town with a straight sanding block and 220 grit paper. I dug deep enough to get rid of the corrosion ...
I soaked my chrome-plated cook top components in oxalic acid (aka wood bleach) to get rid of the corrosion. After that, the cooktop's lid was wiped with Bondo to fill in the pits before spraying primer & pewter-colored paint.

It has held up well. Come to the Texas Vintage Rally at the end of this month if you would like to see it.

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