I have a 19 year old townhouse. In a corner of the living room is a
fireplace, with a pretty ugly black "box" (not sure if the correct term
for this firebox is 'insert' or not?). It is painted black by the
manufacturer and through the years (before I moved in) has acquired some
scratches on the front of it. Besides the scratches, I also repainted
the living room including the trim and the black firebox doesn't match.
Is there a special type of heat resistant paint I could use to paint the
front of this fire box? Or am I stuck with the factory black?
On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 22:47:38 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org (m Ransley)
Stove paint should work, although it will be less durable than a
real baked enamel, and you'll probably have to sand the surface
first to make a non-gloss surface. Any color but black or grey
is going to show soot, if this is a wood-burner.
I'll second that. Or any high temp automotive paint. And
don't worry about the temp rating of the paint. Even if you
have paint only rated for 500 F that should be ok, and if it
starts to burn, you know you are operating the insert at too
high a temp for safety. BTW, I used high temp auto paint to
paint a 3" square steel tube I used for air distribution in
a fireplace heating system and the tube was exposed to
direct heat from the fire about 8-12 inches away. It still
looks the same after years of operation.
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