Rust and the Smoker

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by drunkennupe, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. drunkennupe

    drunkennupe Newbie

    Hey guys,

    Anyone have tips for kind of restoring the exterior of a grill? I got some patches of rust on the outside of my smoker. Its not on the insider. Any recommendations on getting rid of the rust and maybe repainting or something? Will a product like CLR work in removing the rust? Any tips?
  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd go with a wire wheel on the end of a drill.
  3. Sander/Grinder Flap wheel on a 4.5inch grinder!! works a charm and is faster and less torquey than a drill I found.. If it is deep rust , you hace to go till there is not more dark evidance of the iron oxide and then fine sand to get rid of all the grinder marks to your desire.. and re-paint exterior only with Hi-temp..

    This was my project too..

    Hope it helps..

    P.s. USE A MASK as most Hi-temp paint contains LEAD!!!!

  4. drunkennupe

    drunkennupe Newbie

    Thanks guys!! Restoration project begins this weekend

    Great job Heliboy on the restoration of the grill. Looks like new!!!
  5. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    No CLR but naval jelly will dissolve the rust. what the other guys said about wire brushes etc will work better and faster than chemicals but if you dont have the tools, this will work also.
  6. papad

    papad Smoke Blower

    garyt is right. Use the naval jelly. But do grind or sand first, then when you get that done, use an old paint brush and smear the naval jelly on and let it sit for a while. It will kill any rust that may be left so it won't creep back in later and ruin your new paint.
  7. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've got to restore the top of my firebox and find the addition of naval jelly interesting. Is this something you can get at the local hardware store?
  8. papad

    papad Smoke Blower

    I usually get mine at the local auto parts store (auto body supplies). Some hardware stores may carry it.
  9. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks papad!
  10. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    most hardware stores have it, even Walmart has it. use it rinse and prime soon after.
  11. countrysmoked

    countrysmoked Smoke Blower

    I use a rotozip tool with a 3m surface prep disk or roloc disk. Works great

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