Cleaning of Surface

1. Cleaning of Surface

The paint will only stick to whatever is already on the stove. If there is grease, oil, graphite, or foreign material of any sort on the surface, it must be cleaned off. Experience has shown us that Toluene or Lacquer Thinner does the best job of cleaning very oily surfaces. WARNING – both of these products are highly flammable and give off vapors, which are dangerous to your health. Obtain proper advice and use extreme care before using them, ventilate the room, use rubber gloves, and be careful!! Lacquer thinner is very flammable!! Put out all fires, turn off all appliances, even those with pilot lights. Keep lacquer thinner away from anything that makes a spark. When cleaning the surface, use clean, white rags because colored rags will bleed some of the dye onto the stove. On surfaces not quite so dirty "Paint Prep," by Forrest, is a citrus scented metal cleaner which does an excellent job of cleaning stove surfaces. In areas where solvents cannot be used, a good cleaner and water can be used. Dirtex spray cans or Windex are acceptable. Many cleaners like "409" leave an oily residue, causing more problems than they solve, do not use a tack cloth, as it will also leave an undesirable residue. In extreme cases it may be necessary to sandblast or sand the old paint off the stove. Remember, the object is to get a surface, which is extremely clean.