How to Paint a Fire Pit

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Fire pits can be a lovely addition to any backyard, but they are exposed to a fair amount of sun, wind and precipitation. For this reason, they can look pretty weathered and beat-up in a short amount of time. But just because a fire pit is weathered does not mean it needs to be replaced. A coat or two of heat-resistant paint will have your fire pit looking like new in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Heat-resistant paint (see tips section below) Garden hose Scrub brush Dish soap Bucket Hot water Medium-grit sandpaper Old newspaper or drop cloth
  • Put some hot water and grease-cutting dish soap into the bucket.

  • Thoroughly wash the fire pit, using the soapy solution and the scrub brush.

  • Sand down any rust spots with the sandpaper.

  • Put down newspaper or a drop cloth to protect your work area. Work outdoors to ensure proper ventilation.

  • Spray a light coat of paint on the fire pit. A heavy coat of paint may run and drip.

  • Allow the paint coat to dry for two hours.

  • Spray another coat and allow to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Heat-resistant paint comes in a spray can and can also be called grill paint, stovepipe paint and heat-resistant muffler paint. Find it in your auto parts store or home-improvement store.

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