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Old 06-28-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Help with rusty ugly stove top, please!

We are redoing a Burro and I am trying to reuse and save everything we can to keep the cost down. The stove top is badly rusted and will not clean up no matter what I do. I am thinking it is probably chrome and not stainless. Has anyone had one rechromed? Cost? How about painting with enamel paint. Anyone had success with that? Any suggestions on an inexpensive fix that really looks good would be most appreciated. Pictures would be great! Thanks!!
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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Mine is not the best either, but it's clean and functional. I have a DIY wood cover that covers the entire thing (no one is the wiser it's not beautiful ) and best of all, the cover gives me more counter space.

You can't get much cheaper than that
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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I think that buying a new one would cost less than getting it chromed? There are also RV graveyards out there where you might be able to buy a better stove top than you have for cheap-cheap.
,,,and Donna D is right on the 'money' about covering it all up!
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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A photo would be a real help for offering advice.

Your definition of rust and mine may vary. Stainless steel can rust so just because you have rust doesn't mean it isn't s/s.

A magnet can sometimes tell you if it's s/s for not always as some s/s alloys are magnetic.

Bottom line: if it's s/s it can be cleaned and salvaged. If it's chromed steel it could be rechromed but the cost would likely be prohibitive. You could use a high temperature enamal to paint it and it would look good for quite awhile. The major problem would be painting over the chrome. Paint doesn't adhere well and it's not easy or healthy to remove the chrome yourself.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:40 PM   #5
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Great idea-thanks!
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:58 PM   #6
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Check ebay or Vintage Trailer Supply for a new stove. Chrome cost would be too expensive. Wire wheel in a drill may clean it up. I use air die grinders to clean many things, but thats something the average person doesn't have. Likewise with a sandblaster, but that would be cheaper than a chrome plating job and then paint it. POR 15 is great paint, but again expensive.Like Donna we also made a raised cutting board cover and very rarely use the inside stove, still thinking about removing it.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:29 PM   #7
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My Boler's stovetop has a crushed chrome finish. It does matter if it is chromed steel or stainless steel, so it's worth sorting out what it really is. If it's chrome plated and you hit it with a wire wheel, you're likely refinishing it... so be sure before you start!
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I should have mentioned that the reason it would be good to see a photo is that it would show clearly the level of rust. Sometimes the rust is more visual than serious. Sometimes chromed objects can have pretty unsightly rust stains but with a little WD40 and some scotchbrite it cleans up quite nicely. It really depends on the level of rust what options are open to you.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:57 AM   #9
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As several have mentioned, a better used or even a new cooktop would cost less than rechroming what you have.

I have wirewheeled several cooktops and then painted them with hi-temp BBQ paint. It's a little sensitive to scratching, but touching up with the original spray can is easy and one can will last for years.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:10 AM   #10
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Here's a picture. This is after I have scrubbed it with Bar Keeper's. It is a heavy piece, so it may be stainless but I can't say for sure. Thanks for all of your advice! I am new to this group and have never posted pictures. It appears it has to be a link so I have uploaded to snapfish and copied the link. Hope this works! Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:14 AM   #11
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Is there a way to just post one picture without a link??
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:21 AM   #12
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Thanks, Bob. That also sounds like a good idea. Can you get this paint at a Lowe's type store? Comes in colors??
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To answer your last question, no, you can only post via links. Go to snapfish and somewhere it will show you how to find the URL for each pic. Copy that and paste it into your post and the pic should show up.

I did see your pic though and it looks typical for a s.s. stovetop that was ignored/abused for many years.

A Brass wire wheel will help clean it up, but don't expect a "Like New" appearance, it's to far gone for that. BTW: Don't use a steel wire wheel or brush, it will leave steel particles behind that will start rusting again.

And yes, Lowes carries BBQ paint. Any color you want, as long as it's black.....
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I cleaned up mine with a wire brush and naval jelly, which has an acid that forms a protective black oxide on the surface. I then painted it with high temperature paint which is sold in the automotive paint section of a hardware or big box store. It comes in many colors. It scratches if you slide pots around on the surface, so you need to treat it somewhat gently.
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