A friend from northern Illinois brought me my 'new' little baseheater. I bought it off of ebay a few months ago, and a fellow Forum member went to pickit up in Wisconsin for me then did a 'hand off' to a friend in the Pierce Arrow Society... He then came to Michigan with one of his Pierce Arrow cars to my weekend car-party/BBQ. So he brought the stove home for me.
This stove is small, only about 40" tall, the suspended firepot is about 9"-10" across. It has all the usual baseheater baffles, ducts, heated base etc.
It is NOT a double heater though, there is no passageway for cold floor air to be drawn through the stove.
Mechanically the stove is in excellent shape, there are two cracks in decorative skirts, they should be ok if brazed, since they are not structural at all.
The stove is in very good shape, the grates and firepot look almost new.
The BIG problem is the silver paint !!
I can't find anything that will soften it so I can strip it.. I've tried two different brands of paint stripper, both with Methylene Chloride, tried Zylol, gasoline, laquer thinner, MEK, Alcohol and regular paint thinner [mineral spirits].
NOTHING seems to affect the silver paint..
I've had the dome top submerged in a mix of laquer thinner and zylol for 5 days, and the paint is still hard as a rock..
I have used my cabinet sand blaster, and the paint seems to be very dry and brittle, it blasts off fairly easlily, but I won't be able to get some of the parts inside the blaster cabinet, and I really hate using the outdoors pressure-pot sandblaster, especially in this HOT weather.
The other problem with sandblasting, is that I'm hoping that there is some nickel plating hiding under the paint,, and that if I chemically strip off the paint, the nickel might be usable.. maybe that's pure fantasy, but I do know that sandblasting will pretty much ruin any remaining plating.
I did lightly sandblast one of the 'foot rests' from the sides of the stove, and found some nickel..
Does anyone have any suggestions what to try to soften and remove the paint?
Anyone have any info on Keystone stoves??
Here are a few photos, these are not my photos, these are from the seller.
I'll take some better pics over the next few weeks as I get it cleaned up.
The doors all have new mica, the hinges are tight, but the silver paint is just wrong !! Can't wait to see the
stove black and nickel.