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Old 06-21-2015, 12:43 PM   #1
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Stainless steel Stovetop discoloration

Hello all,

Picked up our 19' last month and enjoyed our first journey in it. Wondering if any of you have had this issue. After the first use of the gas stovetop, the steel has discolored badly on the edge near the flames and looks horrible. Can't seem to get any of it off

Would appreciate any advice. TIA!
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:49 PM   #2
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You could try Weiman Stainless Steel cleaner and polish, but likely won't remove that discolouration.
Could you attach a picture of the problem area.
FYI, stainless steel is not stainless.
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:05 PM   #3
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Hello all,

Picked up our 19' last month and enjoyed our first journey in it. Wondering if any of you have had this issue. After the first use of the gas stovetop, the steel has discolored badly on the edge near the flames and looks horrible. Can't seem to get any of it off

Would appreciate any advice. TIA!
Have the same issue. I've been told that Penny Brite or Bar Keepers Friend will remove the heat discoloration, but I haven't tested it yet.
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:09 PM   #4
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PS - I just picked up some Penny Brite and will try it out on the stovetop soon. I'll let you know how it works.
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:40 PM   #5
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At the Osoyoos rally, I saw two trailers where one of the burners was slightly bent, thereby sending flames directly at the nearby metal rather than up and away. The area that the flames neared the metal had significantly discolored.

I am told that the flame pedestal, or whatever it is called, can be bent back to a more vertical position, but I haven't seen that done, so check with someone at ETI, if that seems to be the problem.

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Old 06-22-2015, 06:36 PM   #6
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That was the issue with ours Bill. The stovetops aren't the best quality and the burner was crooked from the manufacturer. I straightened it out by removing the cover and bending the support bracket, but that was after the discoloration had already occurred. Hopefully the Penny Brite will remove it.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:41 PM   #7
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THAT's why there's stove covers I know it's disappointing. But, I can't tell you how many threads I've read where folks are trying to remove discoloration and rust from stainless steel stoves, stinks and exhaust fans. DON'T USE SOS PADS, ever. Or any scrubber that contains steel. Tiny particles from those pads will rust your "stainless steel" appliances. Just be grateful it's not the $$$$ stainless stove in your sticks 'n bricks home. They discolor and rust too....
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DON'T USE SOS PADS, ever. Or any scrubber that contains steel. Tiny particles from those pads will rust your "stainless steel" appliances.
Excellent point - there are Delorean (car) owners who were very unhappy to discover this. Fortunately, if you need an abrasive, in addition to polishing compounds and abrasive plastic pads, there is stainless steel wool. I don't think I would go with any serious abrasive, just because I would want to stay with a smooth surface.
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THAT's why there's stove covers I know it's disappointing. But, I can't tell you how many threads I've read where folks are trying to remove discoloration and rust from stainless steel stoves, stinks and exhaust fans. DON'T USE SOS PADS, ever. Or any scrubber that contains steel. Tiny particles from those pads will rust your "stainless steel" appliances. Just be grateful it's not the $$$$ stainless stove in your sticks 'n bricks home. They discolor and rust too....
Not disappointed Donna, just noting the misalignment of the burners caused the issue. As for steel wool, I would never use it on a surface I didn't want to scratch, let alone rust. Penny Brite is a biodegradable cream paste that supposedly removes the heat stains. I'll let y'all know if it works.
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THAT's why there's stove covers (snip)
How could a stove cover have prevented their discoloration? I assumed it happened when the burners were used. You don't exactly want the cover down when it's being used.

Now, if it happened from stuff falling on it and denting it, then, yeah, a stove cover would help. But, so would a cutting board put over the burners, like I've seen some folks use.

So, kind of confused here.


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Simple. The area would either be covered with pan(s) in use, or completely covered and nothing shows when using a cover when not in use. It doesn't prevent anything, just hides it after the damage is done.
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Didn't care for the cover on our previous 17; reminds me of the Coleman stove used on a picnic table with the fold-out wings for wind. Haven't had any issues with it thus far. We used to use a drying mat on the 17 over the stove top as we had little counter space.
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My stove cover is a wooden cutting board. When it's time to chop vegetables it fits between the sink and the stove. Double duty!
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Simple. The area would either be covered with pan(s) in use, or completely covered and nothing shows when using a cover when not in use. It doesn't prevent anything, just hides it after the damage is done.
Gotcha! Obviously I was thinking in terms of preventing the problem, not the covering up of it.
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Discovered discoloration around my stainless sink after only one week. At first thought it was from the bottom of the wood sink cover (which had brown spots of some sort) but now, after doing this search, see that others have also experienced. Also the same discoloration (even more) on the cover for the burners. Finally resorted to Comet but had to scrub a lot to get it all off. Strange--have never seen this before on stainless I've had.
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Comet contains abrasives. I woudn't use it.
Don't have stainless in the trailer, but at home I use Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish. Stainless Steel Polish | Stainless Steel Cleaner
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I've always used Comet on stainless at home (for years) with no problems--works great--but as others have mentioned, this stainless is not the same quality as home products.

I looked at the Weiman. It states "removing dirt, residue, fingerprints, water spots and whatever other markings you notice on your stainless steel." Wonder if that includes rust stains. Will check it out. Thanks, Glenn!
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Although we do not have stainless in our trailer now - we have had in the past - and many house kitchen sinks . What I have found most handy is a very fine sanding sponge ( like those from Home Depot or other Hardware stores ) following the existing brush pattern can make sinks look new .
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BarKeepers Friend here for stainless.
Bigger issue is to discover where that is coming from.
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Although we do not have stainless in our trailer now - we have had in the past - and many house kitchen sinks . What I have found most handy is a very fine sanding sponge ( like those from Home Depot or other Hardware stores ) following the existing brush pattern can make sinks look new .
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