How to paint an oven with heat-resistant paint

Updated February 21, 2017

When you're looking for ways to rejuvenate the kitchen, it's not always possible to purchase new appliances. Fortunately, an alternative to buying a new appliance, such as an oven, is to make it look vibrant again with a new coat of paint. You can't paint an oven with any paint, however. Use a heat-resistant paint, which is usually epoxy-based. With the correct preparation and application techniques, you can paint an oven with heat-resistant paint and rejuvenate any kitchen.

Clean the entire oven's surface. Scrub grease away and remove dirty and debris. In most cases you should be able to clean the oven surface with a sponge or cloth and a warm water and soap mixture. For more serious cleaning jobs, use a scrub brush made with hard bristles or a stainless steal scrubber. If your oven already has paint on it, gently rub the surface with sandpaper, then wipe away any debris with a wet cloth.

Remove electric coils and covers, if possible, in addition to any other features on the oven that you can remove easily and do not want to paint. Using painter's tape, mask areas that you do not want to tape, such as door handles.

Apply a high-heat paint with a paintbrush or spray paint that comes in a can. Follow the specific label instructions regarding how many coats you should apply and drying time. Allow paint to dry.

Open windows to provide good air circulation and ventilation when you first use the oven after it has been painted. It is possible that the first few times that you use your oven, it may give off a mild fume or light smoke. This should not occur for more than the first few times the oven is heated, but open the windows during these occasions so the air remains safe.


Begin the painting process when the oven is completely cool. Ideally, the surface temperature of the oven should be around 15.6 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit), or room temperature.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint tape
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Jessica Jewell is a writer, photographer and communications consultant who began writing professionally in 2005. Her chapbook, "Slap Leather," is forthcoming from dancing girl press. Her recent work has appeared in "Nimrod," "Harpur Palate," "Copper Nickel," "Rhino," "wicked alice," "Poetry Midwest" and "Barn Owl Review." Jewell was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Kent State University.