So I guess it is not just me.
The heat of the fire took care of most of the paint on the outside all the way upto the top.
My inexact estimate of temp was that it would have melted a beer bottle. I have built camp fires that could melt a beer bottle flat and this was definitely capable of that. So I don't know what that crap is but it is really resistant!
I used a brush for a bit on a couple of spots and it didn't ever clear it off to bare metal.
I was hoping to have this thing up and running for next weekend for my bday but I think I might just have to borrow my friends WSM
An American science and surplus store is not far from me...anyone know of any acids/bases that might take care of this problem :)