How to Paint a Wood Stove

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A wood stove can really spruce up your home while providing an inexpensive heat source. Wood stoves are not always aesthetically appealing, however. Painting a wood stove can add color and shine to the traditional black wood stove. Special paint for wood stoves is available in a variety of colors. Painting your wood stove will also prevent scratching and rust. Using the proper paint and techniques will result in an attractive finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Tri-sodium phosphate
  • Wire brush
  • White vinegar
  • Steel-wool pad
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Newspaper or cardboard
  • Clean the wood stove with a mixture of tri-sodium phosphate and water. Use a wire brush to scrub the surface, removing any grease, oil, rust, old paint or other particles. Purchase tri-sodium phosphate at a home improvement or paint store.

  • Wipe down the wood stove's surface with a steel wool pad and white vinegar after the stove has dried from the first cleaning. This will kill any rust spores that form.

  • Sand spots on the wood stove, if necessary. You will only need to sand the stove if the paint is old, chipping and very difficult to remove. Your goal is to get a nice, smooth surface to paint over.

  • Shake the paint can well, for about two minutes, prior to applying. Allow the paint to come to room temperature.

  • Test the wood stove paint on newspaper or cardboard prior to applying it on the wood stove. Ensure the paint has cleared through the tube it is drawn up through and sprays properly.

  • Hold the paint can about 12 inches from the stove. Standing too close may result in the paint pooling and running. Standing too far away can cause uneven application.

  • Hold down the nozzle and spray the paint from left to right in one continuous stroke. Release the spray nozzle and repeat. Do not continuously hold down the spray nozzle, and don't paint in a circular motion. This can result in an uneven paint job.

  • Cure the paint once the entire surface is painted by heating up the wood stove. The paint may be sticky, so do not place anything on top of the wood stove. Heat the stove twice more to completely cure the paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint in a well-ventilated area to reduce exposure to paint fumes.

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