It Ain’t Paint

It Ain’t Paint

Your Weber® grill is not only an extension of your kitchen, it’s also part of your family. With each successful grilled meal, your grill needs a little TLC to keep it in top shape. If you’ve neglected keeping up on cleaning your grill (its okay-it’ll forgive you), there’s still time to make it better.

There are many areas of your grill that need upkeep. Keeping the outside of your grill clean tends to be easier than keeping the inside of your grill clean. In particular, one area on your grill that tends to be overlooked when cleansing is the interior of the grill lid. If you’re guilty of missing this area, you may notice that there seems to be what looks like peeling occurring. As much as it may look like paint, it’s not. It’s actually just grease and smoke deposits that have built up over time. Not to worry, they are nontoxic. However, these deposits may start to flake off or peel if they are not removed.

Resolving this issue is easy to do. The first step is to take out your reliable Weber stainless steel bristle brush and put it to work on that peeling. Working in a back and forth motion, clean away as much of the deposit build up as you can. This should remove the vast majority of accumulation. Once you’ve brushed away that, spray the interior of the lid with the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner which will break down the remaining grease in no time. Let this cleaner sit on the lid for 30 seconds before wiping away with a damp paper towel. If you do not have the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner, use soap and water while the lid is warm, not hot.  

That’s all it takes to get the interior of your lid back to pristine condition, and get you back out on the grill!

What are your thoughts? (1)


marc r

Hi Kevin:

My 7 year old Weber Genesis leaves my foods (mostly poultry) blackened. I've given it a good cleaning ( Wire brushed ) but it's still not leaving foods Browned or Golden.... I am still using the original grates and flavor bars and do not really want to incur the expense of replacing them, and am not sure that replacing them might make a difference.

Any specific recommendations I might use.

Thank you for any advice here.


Kevin Kolman

Hi Mark,

Did you happen to see the cleaning videos we have? They walk you through how to clean the grates, Flavorizer bars, cook box, and lid. It sounds like your grill needs a deep clean. If the food is blackened, it could also be from the grill being too hot, which causes the food to overcook. If the grates are not broken, and the Flavorizer bars do not have holes in them, there is no need to replace them. Keep me posted on this so we can get it resolved for you.

Happy Grilling and Cleaning!