An in depth look at a complete re-enamelling of an Aga cooker

This Aga is a wonderful demonstration of why vitreous enamel is such a wonderful material and why recoating / repainting/ resurfacing Aga enamel is such a terrible idea! 

At some point in the last 20 years this cooker has been 'resurfaced' in black on the top and dark blue on the front. Its a 'matte' effect finish and impossible to clean. Over the years it had become discoloured in many places and frankly looked terrible.

Resurfaced Aga blue front

The top didn't look much better!

Aga resurfaced hob and lids

Resurfacing Agas is essentially multiple thick coats of paint, its frankly awful and a waste of time. Time to get some new enamel on here. Lets get the top off first!

Resurfaced Aga front lid hob off

Now for the front! This sort of thing is a real challenge. We don't need to remove all the vermiculite, just enough to stop it collapsing out the front. It's like piling up dry sand! Below you can see the barrel, burner and ovens exposed with bits of card board stopping the insulation avalanche!

Now the new front is on and even though it's not polished it looks glorious in its new vitreous enamel!

Vitreous enamel Aga front dark blue

All doors and fittings are on now along with the new hob and lids. So pleased with this!

Re-enamelled Aga standard



Matthew Bates
Matthew Bates


Matthew is from a farming family near Bath and a graduate of King's College London who decided not to follow the 'standard' path into banking or the law. He has been working with Aga's in some form or another since 2003. Matthew runs Blake and Bull from beautiful Bradford on Avon, near Bath. Alf the golden retriever makes sure the working day finishes at 6pm sharp - dog walk time!