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How to Paint Gas Fire Logs

Updated February 21, 2017

Gas fireplaces are a more convenient option than wood burning fireplaces because they burn cleaner and they do not require wood to burn. Gas fires can even be installed in homes or apartments without chimneys. To make gas fires look more traditional, however, homeowners install fake fire logs that have been moulded to look like real logs. If your fire logs are old or the paint on them is peeling, you may want to sand and repaint them. Use high-heat paint to prevent the mould from burning and melting. Purchase it at a hardware or home improvement store.

Turn the gas fireplace off and allow it to cool completely. Remove the fake logs.

Mix 3 cups of water with 1 tbsp of mild dishwashing liquid until suds begin to form.

Dip a cloth in the soap mixture and rub it on the log's surface. Dip a toothbrush in the mixture to scrub away any dirt or chimney grime.

Dry the logs completely with a clean cloth. Let them air dry until they are completely dry.

Sand the surface of the logs lightly to remove the sealant and the paint. Use medium grit sandpaper and then work toward fine grit paper. If there is texturing in the log be careful not to sand it away. Dust off the sawdust with a clean cloth.

Paint the logs with high heat paint by spray-painting a base colour. Painting the details on the logs with brush-on paint. Use a small paintbrush to paint the grain of the wood or any knots on the wood. Let the logs dry completely.

Brush a clear high heat sealant on the logs. Let the logs dry completely before putting them back in the fireplace.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Cloths
  • Toothbrush
  • Medium and fine grit sandpaper
  • High heat brush-on paint
  • High heat spray paint
  • Paintbrushes
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About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.