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Oklahome Joe - Beat up out of the box

smokeyjobe

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Hey all,

Been lurking for a few weeks and just got my Oklahoma Joe's Highland home.

The packaging the unit came in was pretty rough. While everything was factory packed but I've noticed a few external surfaces scratches on both boxes.

I had read a post here at one time that said it was essential to never let the external surface coating be scratched off.

Are light scratches (light in size, I can see metal where the coating should be) really a big deal?

Would prefer avoiding assembly and sealing to find out a week later the scratches are in fact going to be a problem.

Thanks everyone!
 

jarhead1979

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Jobe,

I'm not sure...but I'm happy to bump your post up so somebody can give you a solid answer. I would assume that the only concern would be rust...in that case some high temp paint could square you away just fine. Plenty of folks here better suited to answer paint/structural questions than me, though. Good luck and welcome to SMF!
 

valleypoboy

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There's loads of opinions on the matter. I personally subscribe to the idea that steel will eventually rust. Clean it up, scrub it down, de-rust it, repaint it. I read somewhere on here that oiling the outside helps too. The logic makes sense to me, similar to seasoning a cast iron pan.
 

smokeyjobe

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Appreciate the help guys, ill paint the outside, clean-up the inside, and re-season.

Thanks!
 

sauced

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Yes, I would repaint it. That exposed metal will eventually rust.
 

cksteele

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yup im constantly grinding and spraying my joe making sure it doesn't rust, keeping it in good shape the dremel  and the BBQ  paint spray can 
 

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