Rehabbing a neglected performer
I've recently rescued a Weber Performer that has been sitting outside in the fog and rain for a few years. Fortunately, it was under a cover, so it's in pretty good shape. There was some ash in the kettle, so there's a lot of rust on the grates, and some in the kettle itself. Perhaps the biggest concern is a ring of rust along the bottom of the kettle lid, where it sits on the lower rim.
I know a lot of the Brethren have experience with rehabbing CL finds, so I was hoping for guidance on a few points:
1) What's the best way to clean up heavily rusted grill and charcoal grates? Should I use cleaners? Or just scrub away? I think some people let them soak in various cleaners and/or water. Any ideas?
2) Is there anything I can do about the rust on the lid that won't damage the enamel?
3) Is there anything I can/should do about the rust inside the kettle? It's by no means rusting through, there are just a few orange spots.
Thanks in advance!
22.5" WSM (x2) / Orange & Black Mini-WSM / CharBroil RED gas grill / Green Weber Performer / Red & Gold Mini-WSM