Optimus 22. Is this a repaint?

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  1. Quick Cal

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    So I got this 22. I've never seen this color. But I'm new. I know nothing. I couldn't find anything in a search.

    Has this been repainted? Looks like a lighter powder blue, or baby blue. If it's original paint what do I use to clean it with out removing the paint? Or does this look bad enough I should just paint it,,,lol. Thanks.

    BTW. I did lift up a corner of the decal and it's the same color underneath.

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  2. Geoff Chirnside

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    A very nice stove, I love the pot rests on that model. I have an 8R that I know is original in that colour so it could be possible that your stove is also original.
     
  3. Tony Press

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    It’s original paint.

    If you want to keep the original paint, clean the paint with car polish, then wax it.

    Tony
     
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    You can go after the black and rust with gun cleaner hoppes no9 . Should not affect the paint
     
  5. hikerduane

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    Newer model, at least no rust.
    Duane
     
  6. Quick Cal

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    Any idea on date range?
     
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    Just paint it. LOLZTILLMYPANTSFALLTOTHEFLOOR!
     
  8. MrAlexxx

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    Looks original to me. I thought you said it was crusty rusty? Lets see some fire!!!! :)

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  9. Quick Cal

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    Quite different flame pattern on each side. The right side has a surging in it. But I haven't ran more than 10 minutes. I'm just going to let it run awhile.

    I bought 2 stoves from this guy. On the other one, he had instructions for the customs inspector saying the tank was rinsed with vegetable oil. I seen nothing in the tank, but I got a little squirt out under pressure before I fired it up. This one there was no note and nothing came out just opening the valve under pressure.

    The flames are really orange. Don't know if it's from any contaminants in the tank, or do I have an issue?

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  10. Tony Press

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    @Quick Cal

    Those flames are not really orange in my book. There’s plenty of blue in there. A badly enlarged jet will burn all yellow and orange. Don’t be sucked in by the cult of blue...

    If you boil a pint of water in a clean pot, and there’s no soot that wipes off on your finger after the pot has boiled (and cooled down, of course), your jet is pretty good.

    Flames like you’ve got may get bluer the more you use the stove.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  11. MrAlexxx

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    I'm with Tony on this. I think the flames look okay.

    Alex
     
  12. Quick Cal

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    Ok, thanks guys.

    What do you think the surging on the one side could be? Should I take it all apart and clean it? Or is this one of those if it aint broke don't fix it?
     
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    @Quick Cal

    If the nipple and other connections are not loose, and you still have surging, check the fuel feed line to the surging burner. If it has a brass gauze mesh roll, take it out and clean it. If it doesn’t have a brass mesh roll, put one in.

    Cheers

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  14. Robert Radcliffe

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    @Quick Cal I'd fix it for sure, part of the pleasure of owning stoves is the fettle. Follow @Tony Press directions and I reckon you've a 99% chance of sorting it. Colour, as others have said, is an original Optimus colour but personally I like to restore so I'd sandblast and respray. I understand though that isn't to everyone's taste and many prefer to leave them in used condition, in which case just treat any rust.
    You've got a great stove there whichever way you decide to go with it. Congratulations.
    All the best
    Rob.