Winter is the perfect time for catching up on maintenance and repair projects around the home. This 5-year old braai was in desperate need of a makeover. The paint was dull and faded and there were quite a few rusty areas that required immediate attention.

1. Disassemble the braai and scrub well with warm water, dishwashing detergent and a soft scrubbing brush to remove all traces of grease. I then used Johnson’s Speed Strip – available at supermarkets – to get rid of any remaining grease. Use a Bosch Multi Sander and 120-grit sandpaper to remove rusty areas and loose or peeling paint.

2. Paint all metal surfaces with Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Clean Metal Primer and allow to dry. Spray on two coats of Rust-Oleum High Heat or High Heat Ultra, allowing drying time between coats.

3. I used my Dremel MultiTool to get into small areas. Use the #538 Abrasive Brush accessory for cleaning off any rust or build up of grease. Alternatively, use a small wire brush to get in to difficult areas – or an old toothbrush.

4. All the old wood was replaced with new pine sections. The wood was treated with three coats of Woodoc 35 Low Gloss Polywax Sealer on tops, bottoms and sides, to protect from moisture and UV damage.

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