Yep, you are "never" going to keep your paint looking spiffy in a char-griller type unit. I lightly rub mine with paper towels and peanut oil on start up, and do the same during the cool down. The SFB is brown on top instead of black, but there is no rust yet. The rest of unit is shiny black. About every 2nd smoke, I also wipe a very light coating over the whole unit, in case they're any pin holes un-noticed in paint. I usually just use the towel from wiping the sfb for the rest of it. Already has enough oil on it for a light coat.
Edited by fpmich - 6/24/14 at 12:13am