How to paint a stove top appliance

Updated February 21, 2017

If you would like to paint a hob appliance, there are some important things you must consider before you begin the paint-application process. Because hob appliances are ill-suited for adhesion, you must abrade them with sandpaper to provide "teeth" for the paint to stick to. In addition, you will need to select a particular type of paint, one capable of remaining durable in the face of heavy friction and high temperatures.

Clean the hob appliance with a trisodium phosphate cleanser, using a plastic brush. Rinse the appliance with wet rags. Use towels to dry the appliance.

Enhance surface adhesion by abrading the hob appliance. Scour the appliance with 120-sandpaper until it feels slightly gritty.

Cover areas you do not want painted with masking paper and painter's tape. Protect the floor beneath the appliance with a fabric dust sheet.

Coat the abraded appliance with appliance epoxy spray paint. Hold the can 8 inches from the appliance as you apply.

Wait a full day before using the appliance.


Wear a respirator if you are working in a poorly ventilated area.


Do not paint over a dirty or greasy surface, or you will have adhesion problems. Don't paint over an unsanded appliance, or the finish may fail. Don't use a plain acrylic-latex or oil-based paint on a hob appliance, as they will not provide adequate heat resistance and durability.

Things You'll Need

  • Trisodium phosphate cleanser
  • Coarse plastic brush
  • Rags
  • Towels
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Masking paper
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Heavy-duty fabric dust sheet
  • Appliance epoxy spray paint
  • Respirator
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Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.