How to Paint a Brick Stove Surround

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How to Paint a Brick Stove Surround
Painting your brick stove surround can successfully improve the look of the brick if done correctly. (brick wall image by Andrey Zyk from

Brick can be a difficult surface to paint successfully, and brick surrounding a stove is more so as the stove generates heat which can effect the end result over time. Despite this, because brick, at times, does not age well, as a homeowner you may still want to improve the look of your stove surround. To ensure your project looks better and lasts longer than just a few days, important steps should be taken to do the job correctly.

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Things you need

  • Wire brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • TSP (trisodium phosphate) cleaner
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Bucket
  • Plastic dust sheet
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint tray
  • Oil based paint
  • Paint thinner

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  1. 1

    Cover the areas around the brick with the plastic dust sheet to protect them during the cleaning and painting process. Tape the dust sheet down along the edges if necessary because the TSP cleaner and paint will adhere any surface they come in contact with.

  2. 2

    Using a gentle scrubbing motion with the dry wire brush, clean the bricks of any loose grout or grit. Take special care to thoroughly clean between the mortar joints and brick surface.

  3. 3

    Prepare the TSP cleaner in the bucket according to the package directions. Wearing the rubber gloves scrub the surface of the brick with the solution. When thoroughly cleaned let the brick dry.

  4. 4

    Prepare your paint by adding some thinner to the oil-base paint to make it more of a stain-type product. Brick is porous and will absorb the thinner mix, which will allow the product to penetrate the brick and not blister and peel away from the heat of the stove. Paint the bricks with the thinned oil-base paint until you are satisfied with the coverage.

  5. 5

    After the first coat has completely dried apply a second coat of the oil-base paint without thinning it. This will even out the surface and give it a deep colour. Applying the paint in steps, it should adhere to the brick without any problems. Your stove surround should have a brand new look once the second coat has dried.

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