How to Paint a Wood-Burning Stove

Wood-burning stoves provide an additional heat source to your home. But they may not always go with your home's decor, or perhaps the wood stove is old and the paint is chipping. Painting a wood-burning stove allows you to transform the colour of the stove to match the decor of your home or give it a fresh coat of paint to restore its original beauty. Wood stove paint is available in a variety of colours.

Clean the surface of the wood stove free from grease, oil and other materials. Use trisodium phosphate (TSP) diluted with water and scrub it with a wire brush. Once the surface has dried, use white vinegar and a steel-wool pad to scrub off any rust. Cleaning the surface will help the paint to stick.

Use a spray paint designed specifically for wood stoves. You can find this at most paint and/or home improvement stores. Bring the can of paint to room temperature before use. Shake the can of paint for about two minutes to thoroughly mix it. Spray the paint on a piece of cardboard to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and spraying correctly.

Hold the can of spray paint 12 inches from the wood-burning stove. If you hold it too close to the stove, the paint will puddle and run. Holding it too far away will cause the paint to dry spray and give a textured look.

Press down the spray nozzle and paint in one continuous motion, working from left to right. Release the tip and repeat that section if necessary. Avoid continuously holding down the spray nozzle or painting in a circular fashion. Release the spray nozzle each time you complete a section.

Cure the paint by burning the wood stove approximately three times. This isn't to say that you should fire up the stove three consecutive times. Rather, note that once the stove has burnt three times, the paint should be cured completely. Avoid placing items on the stove until the paint has cured.


You may need to sandblast the existing paint from the wood-burning stove if it has been painted two or more times before.

Things You'll Need

  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Wire brush
  • White vinegar
  • Steel wool pad
  • Wood stove paint
  • Cardboard
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.