10/16/16 The subject:
Condition: lots of rust on the legs/triangle. Missing ash sweeps rusted in ash sweep bolt. White paint dots on the faded lid. Usual cruddy bowl. Missing handle. Rusted/oxidized lid vent. Missing ash pan.
Tackle the bowl with dish soap/water razor scraper/steel wool/sponge/paper towels.
Next, what’s left of the old ash sweep system is rusted in place. Break out the oscillating tool and cut off the bottom nubs that went through and it broke free.
Now it’s time to clean the bottom of the bowl using the razor scraper/steel wool.
Having the legs removed start sanding them with 150 grit sandpaper using long strokes just as is advised in the Weber Kettle Club restoration guide, and then moving up to 250 and then finishing with steel wool and then polishing.
Legs and triangle before-
A finished leg on the left and an unfinished on the right-