It Ain’t Paint

It Ain’t Paint

Your Weber grill is not only an extension of your kitchen, it’s also a part of your family.

With each successfully 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 cleaning is the interior of the grill lid.

If you’re guilty of not cleaning the inside of your lid, you may notice 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 it 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? (5)


nick M

My Webber S-310 LP, Ss has peeling paint on the outside of the cook box. How can this be repaired


Kevin Kolman

Hi Nick! You can simply rough up the end caps with fine sandpaper or steel wool. After doing this, spray paint the part with a high temp barbecue spray paint, available at any hardware or large department store. Be sure to mask other parts of your grill with cardboard while you are spraying to prevent getting overspray onto other areas of your grill and don't use any paint on the inside of the barbecue or lid.

If your grill is less than 2 years old, then you may still have warranty coverage on the cookbox paint, in which case please reach out to us at 1-800-446-1071 or Thanks!



I just purchased a new GENESIS grill in smoke. I had the stainless steel grill, but decided the smoke looked better with my outside grilling area. How do I protect the exterior finish (smoke) from rusting or peeling? It looks so wonderful, I just want it to stay this way. Please advise on exterior paint? maintenance ....Thank you




Kevin Kolman

I would use a mild glass cleaner or Weber’s Exterior Cleaner. This has a degreaser in it and will also polish that porcelain enameled lid and keep it looking brand new. Also using a cover will keep the maintenance down which make life a little easier for you. Congrats on the new Genesis, welcome to the Weber family and if you need anymore help you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling


David M

If you use a piece of balled up tin foil, to remove the flakes, instead of the wire brush that might scratch the inside cover. Than spray the Weber Grate Clean let sit for 30 seconds wipe clean.


anne z

I am trying to clean up an old One Touch kettle grill. The inside of the lid is totally caked with carbon. Using a wire brush isn't moving much of the carbon. Is there any other tool or cleaner that I can use without harming the finish?


Kevin Kolman

Hi Anne,

This is a great question. Here are a couple of things that can help to get off a lot of that excess carbon build up. First, use the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner. This does a really good job of removing the carbon build up. Also, you can try warm soapy water to scrub it off. If you are still continuing to have problems, try cleaning it with a stainless steel grill brush after you grill and the lid has cooled a bit. This might help since the metals heat up and the carbon tends to loosen up. I hope this helps.

Happy Grilling!


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!


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