How to Paint Wood-Burning Stoves

Written by kimbry parker
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There is nothing quite like cuddling up by a wood-burning stove in the cold winter. Not only do wood-burning stoves provide added heat to your home, they add charm and comfort as well. The coal-black colour of most wood-burning stoves doesn't always go with a homes' decor You can paint a wood-burning stove to the colour of your choice so that it better blends with your home. By using the proper tools and techniques to paint your wood-burning stove, the finished product will be one that you can enjoy for years to come.

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Things you need

  • 1/4 cup trisodium phosphate (TSP)
  • Bucket
  • Wire brush
  • Steel wool pad
  • White vinegar
  • Wood stove paint
  • Cardboard

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    Clean the surface of the wood-burning stove before painting. This helps the paint to properly stick to the stove. Combine ¼ cup trisodium phosphate into a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Scrub down the stove using this cleaning solution and a wire brush. Allow the surface to dry, then go over it with a steel wool pad, dampened with white vinegar. This will kill any rust spores. Let the entire surface air dry.

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    Bring the can of wood stove paint to room temperature. If the can is too cold, it may split. Shake the spray paint can for about two minutes to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed. Test the spray paint on an old piece of cardboard to be sure that it is spraying evenly and is mixed well.

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    Apply the paint to the wood stove. Hold the paint can about 1 foot away from the stove. Holding it too close may cause the paint to form runs. Holding it too far away can cause a texture to form.

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    Hold down the spray tip and spray a continuous strip of paint on the stove, moving from left to right, in one stroke. Release the spray tip and move on to another section of the stove, working in the same manner. Use a straight painting motion rather than a circular motion. Avoid continuously holding down the spray tip on the paint can. Do one strip from left to right, release the nozzle, do another strip from left to right, and continue this process until the entire surface is painted.

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    Let the paint properly cure. It will take at least three burnings in the wood stove for the paint to cure all the way. In the meantime, do not put anything on the stove and avoid touching it until the paint has completely cured. After the third burning, the paint should be completely cured.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when working with trisodium phosphate. It is a strong chemical that may irritate the eyes and skin.

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