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Paint and Cleaning Char-Griller Akorn


kc_smoke&bbq
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Hi.  I am new too the board.  I love my Char-Griller Akorn and have had it almost 3 years.  Unfortunately, it recently got way too hot and now is in need of an overhaul  I have the crimson red version, but now has a black ring around it where paint burned off (where cover meets bottom half as well as around vent structure up top due to the heat) when it went well past the 700 degrees on the thermometer.  I have a few questions I am asking for help with below.  Some more background....I've never properly seasoned the grate so that is my first step using Pam and heating to 400 degrees for an hour.  Also, I have pinched the gasket after my disaster cook and that seems to have bounced back fine.

 

1.  Inside of top of grill is kind of a brown/rust color after this incident.  I lightly brushed and wiped with a wet cloth the next day, but after my next cook it still doesn't look right.  Prior to this I would experience the black flakiness that others have mentioned and would brush periodically.  But how do I clean this current situation?

 

2.  I would like to try and match the original color as best as possible, but am having trouble.  I have linked color I have below.  I'm going to use a flat high-heat paint for the black legs and bottom stand, but I think I need a gloss for red to be consistent with how a new Char-griller Akorn--correct?  Finding a dark red, high heat paint in gloss is proving to be difficult.

 

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Char-Griller-AKORN-20-in-Red-Silver-Kamado-Charcoal-Grill/50387508

 

3.  Any other tips/advice welcome?!?!?

 

I am so bummed this happened and am kicking myself, but hoping you all can help.

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First off don't be bummed about this. 

 

1) just scrape it clean and cook a bunch more. Eventually it'll get back to where it was. No worries here. 

 

2) With Akorns that's called pantinia. I would leave it alone. A sign of a well used Akorn. 

 

3) Don't use Pam to season a grate. Use grape seed, flax seed or other high smoke point oil. 

 

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Thanks for the response ckreef.  I would really like to paint it as I was considering this before my "incident", unless you all talk me out of it.  For those that support painting, would you recommend a primer?  I am planning on 3 coats of rustoleum high heat red (as I don't think I will be able to match the color from Akorn) and then finish a with rustoleum high heat clear gloss.

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@kc_smoke&bbq - if the "paint" really did come off as you state, you need to get some high temp spray paint to get that bare metal covered ASAP.  I thought the Akorn was powder coated and fired and that is a very durable finish.  If indeed you did burn that coating off (how high did the temp get to cause that kind of damage? :-o), thoroughly prep the surface including making certain a great cleaning to remove and and all grease.  Rustoleum is a good fix.  Bare steel will rust in a big hurry up there in Missouri.

 

You'll also need to check your dome thermometer.  Anything hot enough to burn off a finish didn't do your thermometer any favors.  

 

Best of luck.

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