Gaggia Coffee Restoration

About: I'm progressively getting better at reassembling things after taking them apart

Intro: Gaggia Coffee Restoration

The start: Two broken Gaggia Coffee machines from my local Craigslist equivalent. One leaking, the other one missing a few parts, bought by the previous owner to repair the other one. He gave up on the project, and I got it for cheap.

I documented the whole process with a little timelapse video.

Step 1: Disassembly

Taking the whole thing apart, while labelling all cables and hoses. Penetrating oil was used on all bolts.

Step 2: Cleaning

As you can see, there was a lot of decalcification needed. Most of it was removed mechanically, but some chemicals were used with caution.

Step 3: Repainting the Casing

Rust was removed with a steel brush, and sandpaper. Hammerite white paint was used to repaint rust spots. Not a perfect match, but good enough for an appliance.

Step 4: Filling the Holes

Liquid metal was used to fill deep corrosion holes on the boilers sealing surface. After carefully removing any caulcification, it was applied carefully, taking care not to leave any bubbles. The surfaces were carefully sanded flat. I was not sure if the liquid metal was going to survive the temperatures, but it held up fine after half a year of use.

Step 5: Resealing

All O-rings were replaced with new ones. On reassembly, some high temperature sealant was used on the boilder seals, as well as teflon tape on all threaded fluid connections.

Step 6: Reassembly

The whole machine was reassembled, with the labelling of connections proving very helpful. After filling the machine with water, I ran two tanks of water through the system to clean out any residual cleaners.

Step 7: Make Some Cappucino

Well, of yourse it took a while of setting up the grinder and the coffee pressure to get good crema.

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    Alex in NZ

    22 days ago

    Really neat fix-up. Nothing better than managing to fix something which another person gave up on :-)

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    seamster

    5 weeks ago

    Nicely done! It's got to be satisfying to have a cup from a fully cleaned and refinished machine. Well done, good work! : )

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    F1nnsp1nseamster

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thank you! :) Makes me smile every morning!