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Old 03-06-2014, 11:12 PM   #29
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Well that looks real good, Sneakinup. Thanks for the photos. That's an encouraging note on powder-coating!

Did you do any work on the gas pipes and burners?
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:49 PM   #30
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Have any of you tried Oxalyic acid to remove the rust? Works like a charm without any of the sanding marks.

Read about it here ( or google it!)

Oxalic Acid. Removing rust from Chrome the very best way! - VintageBMX.com

There are places that reporcelain the ovens, they'll even do your grates but its big bucks!

I do have some experience removing rust off surfaces. I have fixed up old tools before and have used a product for removing scum and rust off boat bottoms, very strong stuff and it works fast. Here are some pix of the table off my bandsaw before and after:



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The problem is that the protective plating is now gone in that spot where it was rusted and if/when the top gets wet (its next to the sink), it probably will start rusting again. The power tool tables generally have a layer of wax and oil on them and never see any moisture (at least not intentionally) on them.

So all in all, I'm still on the fence with this. I'll wait and see if I can scare up a replacement unit with better cosmetics and if that doesn't pan out, I'll take a trip to the powder coater in Virginia Beach next week to talk directly and see if I want to go that route. Even going with the powder coat, I will probably be 80 to 100 in cost for the coating and other paints. Much more than that and I may decide otherwise.
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:52 PM   #31
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In my last trailer (72 Overlander) my 4 burner unit looked worse than the OP's cooktop. I took it to a local powdercoater, had it sandblasted and coated. The grates were done in the (I forget the actual term) extra high heat coating. I lived in my trailer for 2 years and used it every day. Never had a problem with it peeling or flaking off. It looked brand new until the day I sold that trailer, 6 years later.
That cooktop looks great. It looks a little different than mine in that it doesnt cover up the whole surface but just the burners. Is that a silver colored powder coat on the top?
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Yes, I did totally disassemble the cook top and thoroughly cleaned and tested everything... before I had it powder coated.

I used a high gloss silver powder that almost looked like a metal flake. It really looked like a brand new unit. I wish I had saved some "before" pictures, but it was really ugly.

I don't remember what it cost because at the time, I was in the aluminum extrusion business and had the powder coater that I used in business do it with some other items for work. I agree that if the cost to do it outweighs the cost of a new one, well... it might be worth replacing. Unless of course you want to keep everything original.
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I think I'm going to try to repaint this unit. Talked with my better half and it was her suggestion to fix it up too. I may try a silver hammertone finish on the top covered with a clear overcoat and see how that holds up. I think it would also show less dirt than a black finish. I'll post some pix when its done.
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Hopefully you get a paint that will withstand the necessary temperatures...
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