Repainting a GOSM big block

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by starsfaninco, May 20, 2010.

  1. starsfaninco

    starsfaninco Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Anyone done this, have suggestions? Mine is starting to see some weather damage and I'd like to proactively fix any problems before they start.

    Do I need to take it down to bare metal? Prime it? High heat paint? I'm not a painter and the best I've ever done is krylon stuff, so any suggestions would be helpful.

  2. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've been using a scuff pad to scuff the spots on the outside that have signs of rust.. I scuff off as much rust/peeled paint. Then I give it a shot of high temp paint. My method is only for spotty areas though. Someone will probbloy come along shortly with more detailed version to repaint your whole unit.
  3. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    For quick rust removal nothing works quite as well as a steel wire cup brush mounted up in a small angle grinder.

    You can get angle grinders out of places like Harbor Freight for cheap as in about 20 bucks. They will have the cub brushes too. Here are some links to the sort of thing I'm talking about.

    Be sure to wear leather gloves and eye protection when using this sort of tool.
    You need not do the entire smoker unless it needs it. Just taking care of the rusty spots will do and as long as it all black it should look OK. Do feather out into the undamaged area a bit however.

    After the rust has been removed, wipe it down with some sort of solvent to remove any oils an other contaminants that would keep the paint from adhering. Lacquer thinner or even rubbing alcohol works OK. You can't make it too clean. Sometimes I will even use something like Simple Green followed with a water rince and that followed by a final wipe down with alcohol. The alcohol removes some oils and helps any water left behind evaporate quickly too.

    Follow that with some high heat, grill & BBQ spray paint that you can find at the local hardware store or home center. It's not expensive while this kind of paint is self priming so that's all the paint you'll need.
    It usually dries to the touch pretty fast but most high temp paint will only fully cure once you get the smoker up to temp.

    Don't paint the inside, just the outside surfaces.

    It helps if it's a nice warm and calm day. Spray painting when it's cold and or windy can be a PITA. Even too hot and sunny can be problematic as it makes it difficult to get a nice looking finish because the paint dries too fast and you want to overlap spray wet edges.
  4. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here is the best thing that I have found to clean paint, rust, scale, and to clean up weld splatter. NOTE this one is for a hand drill. They do make them for the angle grinder, and have them at harbor freight.

    If you use one in a angle grinder, please make sure that it has a high enough rated speed.


    I can't comment much on the type of paint since with the exception of the fire box on my offset I have used regular paint in a spray can.
  5. starsfaninco

    starsfaninco Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome! Thanks guys. Harbor Freight is just around the corner from my office. I'll be swinging by there this weekend.
  6. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Check your local paper, I saw their ad with 20% off any single purchase and I believe I saw an angle grinder for 10 bucks...I kid you not I will check it out.
  7. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep here it is but you need a coupon, sorry I didn't post sooner


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