Painting wood stoves a color that fits with a home’s decor can end the big, black box look sitting in the living room or family room. Paints are available that are specifically for wood stoves. Three reasons for painting wood stoves are to add color, stop rust, and to prevent scratching and marring on the surface of the stove.
5 Things You Need Before Painting Starts
- Old clothing
- Paint for wood stoves
- Newspaper or cardboard
Step 1 - Cleaning Wood Stoves for Painting
Clean the surface of the wood stove with tri-sodium phosphate and water. Use a wire brush to rid the wood stove of old paint. Then rub the stove with a steel wool pad. Wipe the stove with white vinegar to do away with rust spots. For hard to remove paint, sand the spot or use a sandblaster. This step is only necessary if the stove cannot be painted without it.
Step 2 - Preparing for Painting
Make sure you are setup to paint in an area with good ventilation. Shake the can of wood stove spray paint before using. Test the paint on newspaper or a piece of cardboard before painting. The reason for testing the paint is because the paint is drawn up through a tube in the can to the spray nozzle. You need to clear the paint through the tube so the paint sprays correctly.
Step 3 - Painting
Don’t get too close or too far away form wood stoves when painting. Stand about 12" away, otherwise the paint can pool and run. When you are too far away from the wood stove, the paint doesn’t cover evenly. Paint wood stoves by moving left to right. Don’t use a circular motion or continuously hold down the spray nozzle when painting wood stoves. Once painting is completed you will need to cure the paint. This is accomplished after burning in the wood stove three times. During the curing process, the paint will remain sticky, so don’t place anything on wood stoves until curing is done.
Step 4 - Things to Remember
When you use household cleaners and furniture polish on wood stoves they leave an oily residue which makes painting again difficult. If wood stoves are not properly cleaned, the paint will come off in large patches and rust will appear again after painting.
Multiple coats of paint can cause the new layer of paint to crack and come off in thin strips. It is not a good idea to paint wood stoves more than twice but if you want to paint it a third time, removing all of the paint is necessary.