Stove blacking...

  1. HughF

    HughF Member

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    I'm restoring an old solid fuel central heating boiler, a nice old beeston. It is raw cast iron finish like so:

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    Can I make stove blacking solution or should I just buy something? I don't want to spray it with black hi-temp...

    I'm hoping to get a finish like below:

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  2. Blackolive

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    the primary ingredient in stove blacking is graphite powder, sometimes with the addition of carbon powder, and binders.
    by the time you've bought graphite powder you may as well buy a proprietary stove blacking product
     
  3. HughF

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    This stuff looks cheap and I guess 250ml will be enough?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017BQFYQA/ref=sspa_dk_detail_3?psc=1
     
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  4. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

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    It's called black lead, although there's no lead in it.
     
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  5. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    I remember my Gran had a stove similar to this in her house - she used 'black lead' on it.

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  6. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    Zebrite is one of the brands
     
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  8. HughF

    HughF Member

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    I remember Zebrite from my youth... I've ordered some amazon stuff, will try it out and report back...
     
  9. Pond frog

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    The best is liberon iron paste , modern zebrite is pants with its new safe formulation but the iron paste is pretty good, it’s like polishing shoes you need to let it dry for a bit then buff it with a soft brush. It’s a messy job so wear gloves.
     
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  10. HughF

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    I will try the Liberon stuff if the amazon stuff is junk
     
  11. Muppet Member

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    I've used a few and have yet to find one that doesn't stink the house out,
    Two full burns with coal and i still have to open the windows to let the stink out,
    Stove looks nice though.
    House bloody freezing,
     
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  12. Shedendman

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    That is a lovely hot box you've got there,any idea how old it is?
    If it was mine i'd think about another colour besides the boring black that would look good say blue or a victorian green,if you want that graphite theres a matt silver that can be bought,just my 2p's worth
    I wont use spray anymore find it to thin prefer brush any day
     
  13. gordon stephenson

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    My grandmothers oven/fire was black leaded and hinges, knobs etc were always polished with fine emery cloth, Looked great and she did it every week.
     
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  14. Screwdriver

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    I too have had success with the stove blacking pastes but, damn, that thing is lovely!

    I so want one. Nothing on eBay at the moment, where can I get myself one of those?
     
  15. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Got half a tin in the shed... a couple of generous coats of Liberon Iron Paste would do that nicely.

    Liberon stuff isn't the cheapest, but everyone of their products I've used has been decent.
     
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  16. We had the old mounting holes welded up on our church bells and new head stocks made. Taylor's, the bell hangers, liberally coated the bells with blacking which made the handling of them fun when we hauled them back into the tower. 20181213_100445.jpg
     
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  17. TechnicAl

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    pencil lead
     
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  18. julianf

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    I know you (Hugh) said that you did not want to use paint, but have a look at the calfire wrattle cans.

    It's what the Woodwarm stoves are finished in and it's way nicer than your standard Matt black. It looks more like the stove black but without the bother. Kind of a black metallic ish finish. I like it anyhow, and think it would suit your job well.
     
  19. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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  20. Screwdriver

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