How to Refurbish a Gas Grill? 5 Awesome Steps to do so!

A gas grill is an ideal cooking appliance for the modern household. Fed by either natural gas or propane, a gas grill helps you to get your barbecue on at home. And if you take good care of it, a gas grill will last longer and make cooking up food outside easier than ever before. So, today in this article, let’s look at how to refurbish a gas grill in 5 easy yet efficient steps!

A well-maintained gas grill can provide countless hours of cookin’ fun in the sun. However even with proper maintenance, every so often you may need to perform some repairs or even minor refurbishing to keep your grill as new-looking as possible.


How to Refurbish a Gas Grill in 5 Easy Steps!

So, you have finally decided to get that old grill out from your yard storeroom and refurbish it for grilling purpose. Hence, let me help you by providing 5 efficient steps on how to do so.


1. Disassemble the Gas Grill

It’s time to refurbish your old gas grill! Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds. You just have to take your time, do it right, and be sure to not miss any steps.

The first step is to disassemble the grill completely. Take off all the wood parts and wooden handles, unscrew the knobs, remove the grates and side trays, and store them somewhere safe for now.

Next, you’ll need to remove the plastic burner knobs. Set those aside with the other parts of the grill from before. Then you’ll need to unscrew all of the nuts and bolts that connect different parts of the grill—this will probably take a little more time than you expect!

Make sure that you store these bolts in a safe place when you’re done; if they aren’t rusted, you can use them again.


2. Clean the Grill’s Insides

Clean the grill
clean the grill

First things first: you’ll need to move your grill to an open area. Then cover the grates with aluminium foil or a similar material, turn on the grill to max heat, and close the lid. This will turn all grease into smoke and ashes so you don’t have to worry about cleaning it later.

The trick is to let your grill get hot enough that all the grease burns off, so don’t be afraid to turn on your burners. Once you’ve done that, let the grill cool before starting in with a brush or spatula to remove any remaining residue.

You may even consider using a degreaser if you have one handy! This will thoroughly clean the grill’s insides and in turn increase the lifespan of your grill for years of delicious meals ahead!

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3. Wash the Entire Grill!

First of all, wash the grill down with some warm soapy water or a solution of ammonia and water (a quarter cup per gallon). Take a sponge or even a scotch brite pad and rub the grill with this soapy solution.

Use some elbow grease to clean your grill, especially where food and grease have accumulated over time. Even if you use a cover on your grill, dust and dirt still get in there. Rub even the rusty portions and joints with the scotch brite pad to remove these rust spots.

If they don’t come off easily, try using a sand paper on the areas that are really rusty. If you have any other rust spots in other parts of the grill, simply sand them down until they are smooth again. Finally wash away all the soapy solution and let the grill dry completely.


4. Paint the Grill

Paint your gas grill
Paint your gas grill

We’ll be using two different types of paint here: high-heat paint for the grill housing, and standard paints for other portions of the grill. Let’s start with the grill housing.

To get started, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve removed any rust from your grill housing before you use the high-heat paint. This will help ensure that your paint job lasts longer.

Once you feel like you’ve removed all the rust, it’s time to start painting! Be sure to turn on your grill for 15-20 minutes after you spray the high heat paint on it—this will help ensure that it dries properly. While you’re at it, go ahead and spray this paint on any other parts of the grill interior—just be careful not to spray it anywhere that touches food (like on the grill grates).

Next, use standard paints for any other parts of your grill that are made of wood, metal, or plastic.


5. Reassemble the Grill and then, you are good to go!

Now that your grill is squeaky clean, you’re ready to reassemble it. If you had to replace any rusted parts, like screws, knobs, and bolts, now is the time to put them back in place. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to season it before grilling.

Seasoning your grill will help prevent food from sticking and make cleaning it easier next time! To season your grill:

  • Coat the grates with vegetable or cooking oil using a paper towel or grill brush
  • Heat the grill for about 15 minutes (you should see smoke)
  • Turn off the grill and let it cool before removing any excess oil from the grates with a paper towel

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1. Can you just wash off your entire grill?

Yes! Its probable that you might have a dishwasher friendly grill (you just need to check your manual). If your grill is not dishwasher friendly, you might even resort to cleaning it with a mild soap solution and a sponge or even brushes.


2. Is it ok to spray paint the grill’s insides?

Yes! Its completely fine to spray paint the grill insides, however, refrain from spraying parts which come in direct contact with the food (such as grill grates). Make sure to cover them well before painting.


3. Should you Continue using mildly rust Parts to save a few Bucks?

Well, you can save a few bucks by using mildly rust parts. However, if your hose joints or burners are rusted, do consider replacing them ASAP (even if they are mildly rusted). This will help you stay safe while grilling (as rusted host joints could quickly result in a gas leak and rusted burners too are not safe).


The Bottom Line

So, that’s our two cents on how to refurbish a gas grill. Do try out these tips and give your old grill a replenished look and surprise your family on the weekends. Happy Grilling!