Hints And Tips On Painting Wood Burning Stoves

Posted in Firwood Hints and Tips by Firwood on November 18th 2015

A Guide To Painting Stoves With Heat Resistant Paint & More

Wood burning stoves can be subjected to a lot of abuse over time. So much so that it may be necessary to repaint them to improve its overall condition and restore the finish to its former glory. Take a look at this guide to painting wood burning stoves below and choose Firwood for all your specialist painting needs!

There are typically two types of finish that can be found on stoves:

Painted finish

Usually found on pressed metal and cast iron stoves, these can usually be repainted with products such as the Firwood 75 High Temperature Resisting Paint.

Vitreous Enamel Finish

This is typically identified by a smooth glossy finish – This type of finish is hard to repair and should not be painted. This is because high temperature resisting paints struggle to stick to vitreous enamels which are made by fusing ground glass to the substrate at a high temperature.

Before you paint a stove, consider options that are open to you. Typically a heat resistant paint (such as those mentioned above) is available as a liquid for direct application by brush, or alternatively in an aerosol form. Aerosols can be easier to use but overspray can contaminate the fire surround unless care is taken. With this in mind, choose the method of application which suits you best.

You may wish to consider a change of colour of the stove. It is likely that there will be some colour difference between the manufacturer's original paint and any new material used, so it is best to paint the whole stove rather than just touch up small areas.

Firwood now offer a range of heat resistant paint shades (a whole 18 in fact), including aerosols from light shades such as light ivory to various shades of black. Bear in mind if choosing a lighter shade that these will be more prone to showing up marks from soot. Most stoves are finished in black and for a good reason!

How To Prepare Your Stove For Painting

  • Extinguish all naked lights such as pilot lights, before allowing any embers in the stove to completely die down and cool. Remove any ash as it will only get on the paint.
  • Turn off power to stoves where applicable.
  • Clean down your stove with soap and water to remove all dirt, particularly around the fire door as paint won't stick to soot.
  • Allow the stove to dry.
  • Mask off the area surrounding the stove and cover surfaces with newspaper so they don't get covered in overspray or drips of paint.
  • If any caulking on the flue needs replacing then do this and allow to dry before painting the stove.
  • If any paint is peeling off then carefully remove this and roughen the surface beneath with emery cloth.
  • Remove or mask any handles and the fire door glass.
  • Open windows to allow fresh air in whilst painting, particularly so if using an aerosol.
  • Move out the goldfish, kids and grandparents. They might wish to help but you will get the job done quicker without their comments!

A Step By Step Guide To Using Heat Resistant Paint

Painting stoves is simple, but rather like painting a door you need to split the process into clear tasks.

  • Open the paint tin and stir well. Use a 1 inch or preferably a 2 inch brush that is in good condition to apply the paint.
  • For aerosols shake the can vigorously so you can hear the rattle of the aerosol can ball and carry on shaking for another minute or two.
  • Start at the top and apply the heat resistant paint to the flue. Brush down from the top edge to the top of the stove. Do not over apply the paint. A thin coat is all that is required and too heavy a coat can lead to peeling of the paint.
  • When using an aerosol hold the can approx. 12-15 inches away from the surface and spray lightly, initially in a horizontal plane then vertically. Do not over apply. Light coats are better.
  • Now carry on painting, coating the top of the stove followed by the sides before tackling the front. Open the fire door and paint around the edges and the face of the stove. Take care when painting the door not to get the paint on the glass. If you do then allow to dry and remove with a Stanley knife scraper blade.
  • Finally, paint the supporting legs if applicable.
  • For aerosols when you have finished painting then take the can outdoors, invert it and press the button to spray until clear liquid or gas is emitted. This will help keep the feed tube and button clean for future use.
  • For brushes dispose of them or clean with Firwood 113 Thinners.
  • Now stand back and admire your handy work and if necessary brush over any runs!

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Lighting Your Stove For The First Time After Repainting

  • Heat resistant paints are best left for a full 24 hours to dry before first lighting the stove. Make sure you have removed any paper or masking tape on and surrounding the stove.
  • Next, open the windows again as a little smoke and fumes will be emitted when you first light the stove and the paint begins to cure fully. Again it is best to clear the room of occupants whilst you do this.
  • After an hour or so the stove will have been at its peak operating temperature long enough for the paint to have cured and the fumes or smoke will be significantly reduced. It is still best to keep the room well ventilated so as to allow any remaining fumes to exhaust to atmosphere.
  • For the next couple of occasions when you use the stove again check that you have adequate ventilation in the room.

For more information on applying Firwood 75 Heat Resistant Paint from an aerosol please click here.

Contact Firwood For More Information

Hopefully you will be satisfied with your revamped stove and may now wish to look at Firwood Products to brighten up the home! If you would like more information, don't hesitate to get in touch with our helpful team at +44 (0)1204 525231, or email websales@firwood.co.uk!

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