This thread contains Kerophile's Stove Restoration guide in four parts. They have been merged here from the 3 original posts. Part 1 - Philosophy Part 2 - Practice Part 3 - Lacquering Part 4 - Ironwork Philosophy Hi, thanks for your kind comments. For what it's worth, here are some of my thoughts on stove restoration: 1. Hell, I don't mean to come across as an anally-retentive "Stove Polisher". I always get a "new" stove operating before I even think about polishing it. Normally after fettling, a stove has ,as a minimum, to pass the "Tea Test. This involves boiling a kettle of water in around the expected time, so that I can brew up a pot of tea, and then think about the polishing. 2. I prefer to buy un-polished stoves since I have seen far too many that have been polished to death, with all the beautiful engraving obliterated. Far better to get an honest stove just as it came out of service. 3. If the stove is an early model I will generally leave the existing patina, as long as it is fairly uniform. I might however lacquer it to preseve it in its current state. 4. With more recent stoves the finish is often " blotchy"or partially pitted, particularly where some of the original lacquer, from manufacture, has failed and allowed corrosion to occur. In these cases I would generally remove the whole surface tarnish and remaining lacquer as carefully as possible, re-polish, and then apply new lacquer. 5. If the stove is newer or the manufacturer's lacquer is generally sound. I will "touch-up" the poorer areas by polishing and then re-laquer these local areas, or the tank for example. 5. What I aim for with the stoves is to have them as good as, or better, than the day they left the factory. Companies like Primus were justifiably proud of their product and took a lot of care in finishing their stoves, by polishing them and applying good quality clear lacquers. It is not unusal to find 50 year old stoves with the original coating still intact. I have some un-used boxed stoves so I had a fair idea of what the Manufacturer's finish standard was. 6. I have quite a lot of stoves so I have some working models and some "reserve" models, But they all work if required. I will post Part 2 once the dust has settled! Best Regards, Kerophile.