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Old 05-26-2015, 09:06 PM   #1
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Rust on top of Coleman LP stove

Is there a fix for this issue or should we look for a new stovetop? It's a Coleman in our 1975 Boler 13'

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Old 05-26-2015, 09:28 PM   #2
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Is there a fix for this issue or should we look for a new stovetop? It's a Coleman in our 1975 Boler 13'

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Baking Soda works on minor rust, and so do cleaners that contain oxalic acid - like Barkeepers Friend. You may not get all of it off, but it will certainly look much better.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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Probably pitted under that rust. I just got done cleaning one of those stove tops and to prevent scratches I used 1200 grit wet or dry sandpaper. Used it dry. Couldn't get out all the pitting but it ended up much better looking. Then went over it with Mothers mag wheel polish to shine it up a little more and hopefully protect it from moisture. That's a cheap fix worth a try. Don't buy the Mothers until you try the sandpaper in case it doesn't come out satisfactory and you decide to go with a new cooktop.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:56 PM   #4
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Thanks! it's going in for it's first inspection and an LP check. Depending on the results of that we will either try to polish it up - or remove it and just used a portable induction heater and pack the Webber BBQ.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:31 PM   #5
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We got one just like yours only maybe rustier. We have decided to take it apart, buff it up as best we can then spray all the deck and non-working parts with high heat BBQ paint (only comes in flat black) We are putting in a glossy white countertop so hope it will look sharp as well as be functional. Redid a BBQ back in leaner times with the same stuff and it lasted for years. Just a suggestion.
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I have seen some good you tube videos of people using Cole and aluminum foil. Maybe worth a try. Mine was in bad shape too so I sanded off what I could then used of of the hammer finish paints from Rustoleum. It covered well and hid the pitting from the rust spots. It isn't terribly durable, but is a very easy touch up. The paint is relatively inexpensive too.
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What about trying very fine steel wool with a paste of Bartender's Helper?
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What about trying very fine steel wool with a paste of Bartender's Helper?

If you mean Barkeepers Friend, you're right. Does a good job on stainless.


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Old 05-28-2015, 10:09 AM   #9
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I just went through this with my old stove. I just couldn't get the pits out. I decided to get away from stainless. I bought a black painted stove. Personally, in our house we have stainless steel appliances and they are a pain. any fingerprint or smudge looks awful and so they seem high maintenance, much more than painted. If yu are happy to just use it, then the method of sanding with wet dry will work. But high temp paint isn't very durable compared to the baked powder coatings they use commercially. My OCD won out and we have a new stove! I have to thank Scamp for leaving enough copper line to reach the different connection.

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Thanks everyone- we sat down today to discuss our plan for this little Boler and we are leaning toward converting it to all electric and pulling the stove...

I won't do much to it until we see where this idea leads
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We converted our Uhaul camper to all electric. Removed stove and furnace and made those areas into storage.
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Coca-Cola and rubbing with aluminum foil

I just wanted to comment that as TimR suggested I just polished a bunch of rusty chrome railing pieces with Diet Coke (so it's not sticky) and rubbing with aluminum foil. Then rinse. Seal with car wax (I used a silicon-based product). Boy, does that work good! Gets the rust off and lets you see what the actual pits are.
Don't know how it would work for stainless steel.
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If you mean Barkeepers Friend, you're right. Does a good job on stainless.


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@rbryan, that's exactly what I was trying to say - thanks!
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Just toss the gas stove?

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Thanks everyone- we sat down today to discuss our plan for this little Boler and we are leaning toward converting it to all electric and pulling the stove...

I won't do much to it until we see where this idea leads
I agree with being patient and waiting to see how the gas cooktop cleans up. Looks like there might be some denting underneath. Converting to all-electric seems fine until you are forced to camp where there are no utilities--a handy WalMart with a car breakdown, for example. (Do I sound experienced?) 12 Volts won't run a stove!

Also, I always wonder about the resale value of trailers with limited flexibility. Recently I saw a small fiberglass RV with the entire kitchen pulled and pretty much only 2 large beds and storage in it. That's fine, but if selling one would need to find a buyer who wants only that, and the market may be limited.
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