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Old 09-18-2010, 05:06 PM   #16
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:17 PM   #17
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:27 PM   #18
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Hi guys

Here's where it stands now.

Finished painting the black pattern on top of the red. I guess it came out ok. Could have maybe benefited from a more talented painter. A master painter.

It was damn hard trying to get an even finish. Slightly too much pressure and the roller left a darker spot. The fact that the surface is round doesn't help either.

I might try to even out a few lighter patches, but this is pretty much the finished look.

Next up is the hinge kit. It's in real bad shape. Stay tuned :)

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Old 09-26-2010, 04:22 PM   #19
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You have done good work. Thank you for bringing that old pot back to life.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:00 PM   #20
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Looks GREAT! Cant wait to see pics with some meat on it.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:10 PM   #21
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:23 PM   #22
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:04 PM   #23
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Great job and great thread.

I read somewhere on this forum that the loss of the website was a shame, because all of Mako's restoration secrets were on there (ie: how to repair the earthenware, etc).

I just wanted to let you all know that business operations for Imperial Kamado was transferred over to Kamado King Inc a couple years ago. I have all of Mako's Imperial restorations secrets, as well as a full history of the Imperial Kamado, and will be transferring this stuff over to our new site,

This is being done to "preserve" all of this lost information and history of imperial kamado. Please be patient with me, as this will take some time. I am busy setting up the new site with other features. We do have a BLOG section for Q&A on Imperial Kamado History, so feel free to stop by and drop us a comment. Augie will get back to you. He is the owner and opened his first imperial kamado stores in 1974.

Well, that's all, I just thought I would share the update.

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Old 06-16-2014, 08:45 AM   #24
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:47 PM   #26
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Hi guys.

I'm back and so is the pot. It's been almost four years since my last post. Not much has happened since then. Kids have grown and the kamado is still in frequent use.

I bought a table/cart for it a year ago, or was it two years. Anyway, I assembled it a few weeks ago and had to modify it a bit so the kamado would fit in it. Made it a bit longer and tougher.

As you can see I never could figure out what to do with the hinge kit. I knew it would rust again if I did nothing to it. But also knew I couldn't paint it because of the moving parts. Well after four years of searching I finally found a promising product: Rust converter from CRC. It says on the label "converts frail rust to solid metal". I just had try this.

I took a small brush and painted it on the hinge kit. Two layers. Removing only the loosest flakes of rust before applying. And I must say the end result looks pretty darn good. I'll just have to wait and see if it keeps the rust away for good.

Also been thinking about getting a gasket for this kamado. Not sure if it needs one though. It's never had one originally. What do you think? Is the gasket for insulation or just cushioning the impact of closing the lid too hard?

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That rust converter really did the trick!
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