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I have posted a picture of the cruddy, rusted
cover of my ancient gas wall heater. The other
side opens into the hall past the open door.
Have HATED the looks of it for years, but
It doesn't seem worth trying to clean and
de-rust it. I bought the proper paint months
ago, but haven't got around to DOING
Anybody know of a source for this type
of Golden Oldie wall heater cover?
If oyu have a local shop that can strip the paint & phosphate coat,
you'll be already for spray primer & paint
go with powder coating, just be sure to tell the stripper you plan on
a powder coat.
either way you choose do solve this it'll be money or time spent
If by some chance you ever found a used one that would work, it would
most likely look worse than the one you have, and if the mfg. of yours
is still around and has a new one, it would likely cost as much as a new
heater. If you have a Habitat / ReStore, or similar,in your area, it
still wouldn't hurt to browse. You just might get lucky. Otherwise, the
easiest and cheapest thing would probably to do as the others have
Some automotive machine shops have glass bead blasters that won't
pucker up the louvers like a sand blaster. After that, Rustoleum
primer and topcoat ought to make it look like new. If there is a heat
issue with the paint, consider the high heat paints available at auto
speed shops, for example.
you want the easy way to do it?
Get yourself some EZ-off oven cleaner. Not that fume free stuff, the
"take your oven outdoors before cleaning or it'll kill ya" stuff.
Remove cover. Hose down with oven cleaner. Let sit. Rinse. That'll
get it good and clean, and hopefully take all the paint off. If it
didn't, go to the auto parts store and get some paint stripper in a
spray can. Repeat same process as with oven cleaner. (outdoors,
obviously.) Now it'll be bare metal, although possibly rusty.
Now take an old plastic trash can, a piece of rebar or other scrap
steel, some washing soda, and an old battery charger or low voltage
Follow procedure here:
Now clean, prime, and paint (quickly; that freshly derusted clean steel
will flash rust very fast.) I'd recommend spray primer and paint for
that application; brushed paint won't look right.
I've used this method on many really hideous looking car parts and they
always come out looking far better than you'd expect.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
On Tue, 26 Jan 2010 18:27:21 -0800 (PST), Higgs Boson
Near San Diego? There is a BIG architectural salvage store (near a new
stadium?) I visited the store and killed a couple of hours. Maybe mail
a pic to them and they might check their stock.
The name escapes me, but look for the oldest/largest salvage store in
Ah, Sandy Eggo. Been there 2-3 times. Lovely city, climate to die for,
traffic from hell. All the government-rate hotels in a little hotel
ghetto, where you can't get ANYWHERE without driving.
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