My Other Vintage Stove — and Bonus Paint Giveaway

by Josh on December 31, 2010 · 6 comments

in Projects

I know I’ve been writing a lot about my vintage Chambers kitchen stove lately but I happen to have another vintage stove that hasn’t gotten any attention.  That all changes today.  Say hello to my old, rusty, but reliable propane campstove.

Open campstove before

Ms. Bungalow and I love to take the kids camping at our wonderful Minnesota State Parks and this stove has been a useful companion.  I think I appropriated the stove from my parents at some point, and they had it as far back as I can remember my own childhood family camping trips.  With its gold and avocado color scheme it has never been a pretty thing, but with the addition of 35 years of scuffs and rust it is downright ugly.

Closed campstove before

So when True Value Hardware offered me the chance to try out their new XO Rust Spray Enamel Rust Preventing Paint with Primer, the campstove immediately came to mind.  This paint sounded like an ideal product for the stove because it is formulated to spray directly to metal, prevent rusting, and can be used for indoor or outdoor applications.

Before painting, I removed the stove grate, burners, and side panels.  Then I thoroughly washed the stove body and side panels to remove any dirt or grease on the surface, followed by a sanding with fine steel wool to remove surface rust and degloss the remaining original paint.  With the stove ready for paint, I put down a sheet of cardboard on the garage floor and got a can of XO Rust Spray Enamel in a bright red gloss.

Stove with paintWhile painting, I ventilated the garage door when painting and wore a dust mask, but I learned quickly that this paint packs some serious smell among its features.  The heavy odor was leaking into the house from the tuck-under garage until I set up a box fan to blow the fumes out the garage door.  Outdoors on a calm, warm day is really the ideal scenario for using this paint.

Open campstove after

After a couple coats, the paint had performed well and the stove was looking good.  It might have looked even better if I was a more practiced hand with spray painting metal.  I confess I oversprayed a spot or two and ended up with a couple small paint runs.  I don’t think the trees and squirrels will complain, and now the stove is protected and refreshed for many more summers of camping adventures.

Paint Giveaway!

Beyond my campstove, the XO Rust Spray Enamel would be great to use on outdoor metal handrails, metal patio furniture, metal lamps, candlesticks, cabinet hardware and more.  If you have a spray painting project on your list of New Year’s goals, now is your chance to try XO Rust Spray Enamel for yourself.  I have 4 additional cans of bright red gloss spray paint to give away to my readers courtesy of True Value!

To be eligible to win, leave a comment below before 12:00pm CST on Monday, January 3, saying what you’d like to give a bright red makeover.  I’ll select two comments at random to receive two cans of paint each.  (Be sure to include your email address in the comment form so I can contact you if you win.)  Good luck!


The odds of winning my contest were shockingly high and winners are comments 2 and 3 below.  I’ll be contacting the comment authors to arrange delivery of their XO Rust Spray Enamel paint.

Paint winners

Disclosure: I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program and my DIY project as well as my posts about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

kayduh December 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I have some outdoor furniture that needs sprucing up and red would be perfect!


Mike December 31, 2010 at 6:53 pm

We’ve got a grill that could use some sprucing up. We’re thinking about painting the base and this would be a great color to give it a pop!


Ashley December 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I’d love to give our backyard swingset a bright red makeover!


AJ January 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Wow, that looks amazing, good job!


TonyT January 11, 2011 at 4:20 am

Wow! that turned out awesome. Tell me if it stands up to time. Because that would make it a great product for many projects on items bought from thrift stores or garage sales.


Jim January 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Nicely done, great job. That’s a very crisp color.


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