Ok, so I cleaned the Jotul from top to bottom with a general painting prep cleaner/degreaser. I didn't go after the rust, maybe next year, and my rust is fairly minimal. I then coated the stove all over with Rustoleum high heat clear gloss spray enamel (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZL ... 03_s00_i00
) The stuff is designed for engines (rated to 2000 degrees), but went on just like any old spray laquer. I took the doors off and sprayed them separate. So here are the results...Drum roll please.... FANTASTIC! The white drip line down the front, the rings on the top and the general white abrasion spots all filled in, coated over, or whatever, not sure. They just plain went away. The rust spots are still there of course, but the general ugliness of the worn finish was instantly restored. What a difference!
I've fired the stove at 300-350 degrees now for 2 hours and the enamel appears to be curing nicely. It stinks to high heck, but that's expected (opened all the windows down there). The directions call for stepped heat treating process, but I don't see how it's possible with a stove. That is, it says to run the "engine" for 10 minutes, let it cool, run the engine for 20 minutes, let it cool, and then run it for 30 minutes and let it cool (200, 400, 600 degrees steps basically).
I will post pics tomorrow when I can take pictures with natural light. The camera flash doesn't do the stove any justice. And, I'll report on how the finish looks on second firing. I plan to let it cool over night and then fire it up again tomorrow evening.