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    Genesis Platinum Series II Restoration started

    The time has come to start the restoration of my 1996 Genesis Platinum Series II. I have my 4900 to keep me cooking so I have plenty of time to finish the job.
    It started life as this:



    In about 40 minutes I had it down to this-



    It came apart pretty easily as the Oversized Summit series frame used on the Platinum II is a much nicer setup than the Genesis frame with the interior bolt holder that always seem to turn to rust powder as the years progress. The Summit frame has welded tabs to the square stock that are threaded for 1/4" 20 bolts.

    The only rust issue on the entire grill was the left side frame support that connect to the firebox:





    I ordered the replacement with several other items ereplacementparts.com as I wanted to see exactly what shade of black Weber used for the Frame.
    I am super anal about these things so working in an Auto parts store I had access to many paints to chose from and I purchased several and painted the smaller pieces to compare them to the factory support brace color. The Frame colors are on the left of the pic.



    The frame is in great condition so I sanded down some light surface rust by the weld joints, shot it with VHT Rust Convertor, sanded with 320 grit, then hit the spots with Etching Primer, lighted sanded with 400 grit, and then used Wax and Grease remover to cleanup. If it ever stop raining here in Mass I will apply several light coats of black paint to the frame.



    To be continued...
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    I first started on the firebox and actually wanted to get it Soda blasted but after numerous failed attempts to get with the 'blaster I just pressure washed it inside and out.

    Since it is a full-blown resto I wanted to replace every bolt, nut, and screw so I started with the grease tray rail screws. They were corroded but using a 1/4" ratchet and socket all four came right out.
    I figured I'd press my luck and see if the burner tube retaining screws would move. I know everyone says "leave them be!, they are only line up screws" but no better time then the present so after soaking them in PB Blaster I gave it a shot.
    One came right out! The other one would not budge. So I brought the box to my good friend at an Auto repair shop and with a little heat the last Firebox screw was now out. Sweet!
    I purchased stainless #10 screws so I'll be all set for the next restore in 2036





    Finished Firebox with three coats of heat paint:
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    Looks good so far! Off to a good start.
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    Oh yea!!! I'm following this!!!! Great job so far!!

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    These restorations are a lot of work, but the end result makes it so much worth it, especially after grilling it up for the family. I can't wait to see end result.

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    Looking very good. Use a tiny dab of never seize on anything bolted into or through the aluminum fire box. Trust me you won't be sorry. You might think about the copper type used on O2 sensors. Can take the high heat of a cherry red cast iron exhaust manifold. I use the silver type though with no issues

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    Been working on the side shelf between projects, this has proven to be the hardest part yet as the factory powder coated paint that is left is proving to be near impossible to remove. I tried my home sandblaster but it was more of a headache and a slow process. I found the best way was to soak the paint with brake fluid for 1/2 an hour then use a single edge razor to scrape the paint off.
    This is how it looks after an afternoon of scraping:



    Wanted to say one thing...Weber definitely does not build 'em like they use to!
    The shelf is made of cast aluminum and quite robust especially compared to the Weber S-310 I seen last night at Lowes where I could bend the thin stainless shelf with very little force.
    The item in the center of the shelf is a stainless steel towel bar.

    After cleaning up all the paint I coated the aluminum with a cleaner (don't get that stuff in cuts, ouch!), and shot the shelf with several light coats of self-etching primer.



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    Speaking of Stainless Steel... here is all the hardware I have ready to assemble the grill.



    as well as some new Wheels and Casters to "ride in style" as well as new handle bolts and control panel plugs & screws.




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    It's coming along nicely
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    Yeah I have one of those side shelves like that but it's designed to hold a side burner. Got it from a parts grill I bought up in Madison WI. I'm hoping to one day adapt it to my Wolf grill. I had some parts a while back sandblasted at a commercial metal finishing place. Great job and cost me like $10. I think I'll bring that piece and some others also

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