This Aga range cooker is a wonderful demonstration of why vitreous enamel is such a wonderful material and why re-coating / repainting / resurfacing 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 'Royal 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.
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The top didn't look much better!
Resurfacing Aga range cookers 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!
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!
All doors and fittings are on now along with the new hob and lids. So pleased with this!