DIY: Painting a Wood Stove Pipe


A wood stove can really enhance a living area, but when the paint begins to peel or flake off, it needs to be repainted. Perhaps you would just like to change the color of the stove or touch up the pipe with the same color. Either way, a new coat of paint can do wonders for a wood stove. Some tips for painting a wood stove pipe will help you to get started.

Clean the Wood Stove Pipe

  • Use water, trisodium phosphate and a wire brush to clean the stove pipe. Clean off all oil, grease and rust. When it dries, use steel wood pads without soap to wipe it down. Kill the rust spores with vinegar.

Select the Paint

  • A wood stove pipe is painted at the factory and sometimes repainted by the dealer on a custom order. If the stove is changed to a third color, the paint becomes too thick and begins to peel off. If you are applying a third coat, use a solvent or sander to remove the first two coats. If the paint peels off in thin strips, there is too much paint on the pipe. If the paint peels off in large patches, paint was applied over a dirty surface.

Apply the Paint

  • Use common sense when applying the high-temperature spray paint to the wood stove pipe. Spray paint is flammable and should be kept away from open flames or sparks. Make sure the area is well ventilated. If the can is cold, heat it to about 75 degrees before using it. Just run some hot water over it. The marble has been placed in the spray can is to help stir the paint when you shake the can. Shake it for about two minutes after you hear the rattling. Spray a squirt or two onto a section of cardboard to test the color. Hold the can about 12 inches from the surface. If you get too close, it will run. If you get too far away, the paint will appear dry and textured. Push down the spray tip and use one stroke from left to right before you release the tip. Do not paint in circles, and do not continually press down on the spray tip.

Cure the Paint

  • High-temperature paints contain a resin that keeps the paint from peeling or running even when exposed to high temperatures. Silicone in the paint makes it resistant to high heat, but the paint cannot cure until it has been heated up to a high temperature, usually around 475 degrees. The stove will have to be used about three times before the paint is completely cured. The paint will appear a little glossy when it is first applied to the wood stove pipe, but it loses some of the glossiness after it has cured. It will be sticky while it is curing, so do not set trivets, kettles or other hard objects on the stove or they will damage the paint finish.

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