Wood Stove Paint

High heat wood stove paint is the best product to touch up your wood burning stove. It works great for sprucing up the original paint job or you can also use a different color to better complement your home.


High Temperature stove paint can be purchased at most hardware stores and also in a variety of colors. Below is an example of a black colored paint that can be purchased on amazon.com.

How to Paint a wood stove

There are several steps that should be taken when repainting a stove.

First, it is important that the surface to be painted is cleaned properly. The use of a heavy duty cleaner such as Trisodium Phosphate does an excellent job of this.

If the entire woodstove is going to be repainted, it is recommended that you scuff up the surface with some steel wool.

If you are using a spray paint can, make sure that you hold the can at the appropriate distance away from the stove (usually around 12 inches or so). Using the can at too close of a distance can cause the paint to pool and drip creating an uneven application.

Once the paint has been applied, allow it to set at room temperature in accordance with the directions on the can.

The next step is to have a fire in the stove to allow the paint to fully cure. It is normal for the paint to give off an unpleasant odor during this stage, just make sure to keep the area well ventilated with the windows open.

Common Problems

Here are a couple of common problems that folks run into when repainting a wood stove:

"My stove still smells and I've had 6 or 7 fires in it since it was painted!"

The culprit here is usually having a low heat fire. The high temperature stove paints are designed to withstand 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. A 400 degree fire is probably not going to fully cure the paint. Make sure that your chimney is clean and start a very hot fire- this should solve the problem.

Ehhhhhh!!! Why is the paint peeling off of my wood stove????

There are two possible reasons for this happening:

The stove wasn't adequately cleaned before repainting or the paint is too thick. This is common when a wood stove has been repainted multiple times. If this happens, your best bet is to sand the entire stove and repaint it again from scratch.
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