I've been wanting a Weber Kettle for a while and check CL daily to see what new gets posted. I've seen so many folks on here that have gotten great deals and have been dying to get one myself :). Most of the deals I have found on 22.5 Kettles have been over an hour away and I didn't want to drive that far.
Finally saw a listing yesterday in the city I live in (link to that thread below). He had picks and it was a white weber kettle that he said he bought at an auction. I thought it was strange that it was white and guessed from what I know and you all helped with that it was painted. He wanted $40, but I knew it was older from the pics and the wooden handles that looked really worn. I asked how the grates were and he said they were "good".
So I found out he only lived like 3 miles down the road and I went to check it out. Could tell immediately it was painted, but I didn't care about color so long that it will cook. Then I saw the grate and I would say they were in better than "good" condition considering how old it probably was.
I got it for $30. Not the cheapest I have seen, but since all prior were an hour away I saved some money in gas too :).
So now questions. The white paint is old and has a rough texture. If I wanted to get some high temp black spray paint could I just spray it on there without sanding? I'm not trying to get it looking brand new or spend a lot of money and really don't mind the white, just in general if I wanted to paint it could I just spray the sucker down? Then any paints that are glossy/shiny??
Here it is sitting next to my WSM. Gonna get a cover for it today.
Here are how the grates looked when I got it. A little scrub and they will look like new.
Closer look at the paint job and handles