Brick Painting

What Kind of Paint to Use Inside a Fireplace

Black Firebox Paint

Painting the inside of a fireplace is a great way to mask ash and soot and get a fresh look without spending a fortune. There are a few considerations when painting the inside of a fireplace.

1. Use the Right Kind of Paint Inside a Fireplace

If you are painting your fireplace, you need to know that fireplaces regularly reach temperatures of 1300 degrees and more. When you paint, you need to use a high temperature, fire retardant paint like this black firebox paint.

2. Clean Your Fireplace

Before you paint your fireplace, you will need to clean it. Use soap and water and a brush or cloth. This will allow for a smooth area to apply paint. Make sure the fireplace is completely dry before applying the paint.

Here is a great example of a blog who redid their firebox:

http://itsgreattobehome.net/2012/06/05/how-to-freshen-the-inside-of-your-fireplace-with-paint/

 Before applying inside fireplace paint

Before Black Firebox Paint

 

Fireplace painted inside

After Black Firebox Paint

3. Metal or Brick Lined, or Gas?

Consider which you have and make sure you use the paint that is specific to your fireplace’s interior.

Prepare for painting inside fireplace

Brick Lined Fireplace

4. Be Prepared

High temperature paints, the kind used for painting the interior of fireplaces, are very toxic. You will want to make sure you have rubber gloves, a proper face mask for guarding against toxic fumes, and proper covering for your skin and clothes. Make sure and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Prep for Painting Fireplace

Prep for Painting Fireplace

You will also need:

  • A paint brush
  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Firm-bristled brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paintbrush
  • High-temperature paint

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One thought on “What Kind of Paint to Use Inside a Fireplace

  1. Stegar Thompson says:

    I want to paint the inside of my living room gas fireplace. I’d like it to be black. What paint do I use?

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