How to Repaint a BBQ Smoker – A complete guide

‘My smoker is infallible’, said no smoker owner ever. Or even if it is, it’s probably all the hard work that he puts into the smoker to keep it fresh, ready-to-use, and clean. From all the ‘how to recondition’, ‘how to clean’, to ‘how to repaint a BBQ smoker’, we all know how difficult it is to maintain a BBQ smoker.

You find yourself standing there staring at your smoker, thinking it’s time to renew this old-looking, worn out, faded, and dull smoker, right? If you know it’s time to repaint your smoker, then you know. However, if it only needs some good and deep cleaning, you can try these easy DIY recipes here that will make it as good as new. But you’re here ’cause you want to know how to repaint a BBQ smoker, right? (I know). So, let’s get you going.’

How to Repaint a BBQ Smoker:

Now that you’ve decided to give your smoker a new dress, get started with the following things:

Step 1: Preparing your smoker

Get started by cleaning and scraping off the outer of your smoker. You’ll need a cleaning agent, wire brush or steel wool and a metal sandpaper for thorough clean up. Cleaning any oil or grease will make sure nothing repels your paint. Whereas, scraping will give your paint a rough surface to adhere on. You can use any cleaners available out there for smokers. You can also use this kind of brush with the cleaner for more convenience. With the scraping, you need to get clear of the old paint as much as it takes to get the surface smooth, even, and plane.
Cleaning your surface and making it free from dirt, oil, grease, old paint, or any pollutant will make sure the optimum conditions for your paint to last.

Step 2: Start painting

Now that your smoker is all prepared to get painted, start painting it with a thin coat. I suggest reading and following the instructions that come with your paint to know about its dry time and other safety precautions prior to using it.
I’d advocate painting patiently and applying a thin layer, layer by layer. Applying the paint thickly will result in peeling, flaking, or chipping as the exposure to high temperatures proceeds.
Be it a commercial grade, a regular BBQ pit paint, or any other paint that you’ve selected, start by applying a thin layer on your smoker.

Step 3: Dry and repeat

Let the coat dry completely before you apply another layer of paint on it. It’ll take a day or two, but I’m sure no one who’s repainting his smoker would mind showing some patience for the perfect results. Apply 2-3, or as many layers as you feel appropriate, let it dry, give it some time and enjoy your hard work; a new, shining, and sparkling smoker, while patting your back.

Be Aware
You never paint a smoker from the inside. To make sure there aren’t any traces of chemicals or paints inside, season your smoker after you’re done painting. Just light it up and leave it burning for a couple of hours.

Now that you’re done with the painting, you’d want to maintain it so it remains good and well for a long time. Following are some tips that’ll help you with it.

Taking care of your smoker/grill

No matter how sturdy a smoker or a grill is, it’s deterioration is almost inevitable. However, what you can do is to try to keep your smoker looking good for as long as possible before needing some reconditioning/repainting.

The good news is that you’ll need to follow only a few chores, although consistently, to maintain your smoker.

To start with, clean your smoker after each use so that no oil or grease is left on it. Grease buildup is definitely a no-no as getting rid from it is distressing. Moreover, the buildup can also speed up the degradation of your smoker’s alloys. Also, consider deep cleaning it once in a while using cleaners or DIYs.

Secondly, keep your smoker out of sunlight whenever possible. Rusting and brittling speed up when the appliance is exposed to sunlight for a long time. Even the fuel hoses are at no mercy and can gradually crack and become useless.

Lastly, you can buy some of the products available out there that are meant to protect your appliance. Go for the covers (make sure complete drying before covering) and anti-corrosive agents that prolong your smoker’s life.

That pretty much sums up our prevention and maintenance measures for a smoker. Again, make sure you’re regular with what you do.

Now that you know how to repaint a BBQ smoker and don’t find it enough to repaint it to get it fixed, you may end up deciding to buy a new one. Well, in that case, we have listed here some of the best BBQ smokers for you, with everything you need to know! Check it out.

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