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Coleman 425B – Painted and Assembled

OK, who’s still following along with me on the stove renovations :) ?

It’s getting close to being done!  I’ve managed to get it de-rusted, primed, painted, and now reassembled :D  I probably should have left it all alone to dry a little longer, but I just couldn’t help myself.

Here are some more before and after pics:

Coleman 425B - Set up as if ready to go, but before rehab

Coleman 425B – Set up as if ready to go, but before rehab

Coleman 425B Painted and Assembled

Coleman 425B Painted and Assembled

It’s not really apparent, but the manifold and burners look quite a bit different from the case.  They’re a genuine flat aluminum color where the case and tank are a brushed semi-gloss aluminum.  There’s a reason for this other than an artistic decision.  The case and tank were done with Rustoleum and the burners, manifold, and grate were done with VHT 2000° paint.  Call me crazy, but I wanted to make sure the paint on the burners would stand up to the heat :wink:

Coleman 425B - Inside packed up for travel

Coleman 425B – Inside packed up for travel

Coleman 425B Painted and Assembled

Coleman 425B Painted and Assembled

It’s a night and day difference to me even aside from the color change, but I might be a little biased :wink:

Coleman 425B - Top of stove

Coleman 425B – Top of stove

Coleman 425B Painted - Top of stove

Coleman 425B Painted – Top of stove

The top shows some improvement, but you can still see the same dents.  I didn’t want to worry about trying to take out dents on this stove.

Coleman 425B - Bottom of stove

Coleman 425B – Bottom of stove

Coleman 425B Painted - Bottom of stove

Coleman 425B Painted – Bottom of stove

All I did on the bottom was use some toilet bowl cleaner and a wire wheel on a drill to get the rust out.  I wasn’t about to try to use solder, welding, or even Bondo to fill in the pits.  I just gave everything two coats of primer and two coats of color.  My main concern was stopping the rust from growing and ruining the whole thing over time, but I figured I could make it look a bit better while I was at it :)

The next step will be adding a bit more decoration.  I’m probably going to leave it alone for a couple of days and see what I can come up with idea wise.  I already have a basic theme idea, but I’m trying to work out the specifics.  I think it’s working out fairly well so far :cool:

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon :thumb:

Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen:

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