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Refurbishing a Vintage Gas Stove

Vintage gas stoves have a certain charm that newer models cannot match. These stoves are much like wood stoves in shape and size, but they operate on propane or natural gas instead. If you purchased an antique, or your old stove has seen better days, it can be refurbished back to its former glory. You will need a well-ventilated room for this project if you cannot move the stove outside to refurbish it.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard or dropcloths
  • Steel wool
  • Rotary tool
  • Rotary metal-sanding attachment
  • Towel
  • Heat-resistant metal paint
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      Turn off the gas supply to your stove. Unhook the stove from the gas line. Unplug the blower if one is equipped.

    • 2

      Place cardboard around and underneath the stove to protect your flooring. Dropcloths also will work if you don't have cardboard.

    • 3

      Sand the surface of the stove with steel wool. This will remove the old finish and help smooth away any surface rust that may be present. The steel wool will get into detail areas that a sander might miss.

    • 4

      Sand the stove with a rotary tool and metal-sanding attachment. Wipe off all sanding dust with a damp towel and let the surface dry.

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      Spray on one thin coat of heat-resistant metal paint designed for wood or gas stoves. Let it cure for at least eight hours. Apply a second coat if necessary and allow this coat to dry for up to 12 hours before hooking the stove back up.