The subject of today’s post is an older gas grill that is in need of a new grilling surface and cleaning of the rust & corrosion on the side burner. I had replaced the original wire cook surface, and then replaced that one with a porcelain coated wire one. But after a few years of use, it again has become hard to clean and does not look great. In looking around the net, I came across what to me is a new type of cooking surface called GrillGrate. I liked what I read and the reviews on Amazon were good. So, I bought a set of four GrillGrates that individually measure 5 1/4 inch X 13 7/8 inch and slide together. This created a 22 inch wide surface. After a couple of weeks of use, I have been impressed at how uniform the surface cooking temperature is, no flames can jump through and burn what you are cooking either. Any meat or fish that I have cooked on it has not had any burnt spots just nice sear marks. Even when cooking soft fish like salmon, it is easy to lift & flip and does not fall apart. The learning curve seems to be that you can now cook at a lower temperature using less gas. The chicken and beef cook definitely more moist and juicier. If you like to grill vegetables like I do, the raised rails keep everything off of a flat type old time surface, so that you can hear the juice sizzling below. If you use a spray of olive oil, baste with butter or even any type of marinade, nothing burns. The GrillGrate is a little pricey, but you can tell it is a quality item that is going to last. Well worth the investment in my book. As far as the side burner on our grill goes, it was certainly unsightly. I just used a few 1/4 inch stripes of Simichrome polish squeezed right from the tube and spread it evenly with a paper towel. I have a small buff ball for my cordless drill that makes quick work of properly applying the Simichrome cleaner. Now, nothing is going to get a weathered grill back to looking new, but the Simichrome did an adequate job taking off the rust and corrosion in a few minutes. The dark spots you see in the after photo is where there was no factory finish left. If you would like more information about GrillGrates or want to know where to buy Grillgrates click here. If you could use a little Simichrome polish click here to buy some from our recommended Simichrome polish distributor.
Sometimes it is good to hear back from an end user of a product. This was from a recent e-mail we received from a customer about O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet and Working Hands creams.
“Just letting u know I tried your hand and feet cream, and cant believe how good it is…just hard to find n store…………………. one treatment looked like new.”
If you would like to try some O’Keeffe’s yourself and can’t find it locally, why not order some today from our recommended online source for it by clicking here. You will have it in a couple of days and seeing the difference for yourself.
We were restoring a victorinan dresser in our shop recently. Of course as luck would have it one of the brass keyhole covers was missing on a drawer face. We looked around in our junk box and found one that would match pretty close, or at least not catch your eye when you stood back a ways and looked at it. BUT, it was far to dull and tarnished to blend with the existing ones. So we reached for a tube of Wenol metal polish in the red tube. Using just a couple of little dabs of Wenol about the size of a pencil eraser did the trick. We rubbed it on with a cloth and then buffed it off with a clean spot and in less than a minute the brass blended in well. Take a look at the before and after pictures and see the difference for your self. Need some Wenol? Why not buy it where we get it online at WenolPolish.com
|Polish Guy Tip : “The moral of the story is, don’t ever throw away old hardware that you replaced and always have a tube of Wenol polish by your side. “|
It’s not unusual to get the occasional e-mail from a customer telling us how well they like Simichrome. Here is an excerpt from a recent e-mail. ” I use simichrome on silver jewelry and other vintage items that I need to clean and polish in order to make them saleable. It never fails that after cleaning the items in my cases at the shop or if I bring in a load of freshly polished goodies that one or two of our other dealers wants Simichrome.”
What you might want to try is buy a carton of 24 tubes of Simichrome polish. You will be surprised how fast it sells. Not only do dealers swear by Simichrome polish but so do their customers. It is not the easiest polish to find and your customers will appreciate you providing it for them. And its a profitable item for you to sell. If you buy it from our recommended Simichrome supplier, ask them about their guaranteed sale policy. If you have not sold it in 6 months, you can return the unsold polish for a full credit less shipping.