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Wood Stove Paint

Wood stove paint may not be needed for most heaters, but you may need it in certain circumstances. Such as, you've decided that the old heater needs a new coat to help freshen it up. Or, you've changed your room decor and your burner sticks out like a sore thumb.

First, of all, understand that you should be buying high-temperature stove paint. You may be tempted into looking at a Rustoleum or other brand, but in most cases, grab the dedicated stuff sold at a stove or fireplace store. These paints are designed to handle the high temperatures encountered with wood burning. The glossy finish you see on the boxes right out of the factory are because of the porcelain coating used. Unless you are a paint and porcelain expert, this will be hard to replicate. Even the glossy paints won't quite replicate this, so just know that your finish will be a little bit flatter.

You also need to check if your paint is compatible with the current coating on your stove. Several brands, such as Stove Bright, specifically test their products against others to make sure they will adhere. Also, if there is too thick a coating already on your stove, you may need to sandblast down the metal. More than one coating already there means you really should strip it down.

Before painting, you will need to completely clean the surface, just like with most normal household jobs. Use acetone to remove as much of the old debris as possible. An oil, dirt or rust has to go, or else you will not get good adhesion.

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