Prepare to Paint your Stove

There are many reasons people paint their wood or pellet stove.  Whether to refurbish the finish or simply to change color, a successful paint job on a wood or pellet stove really depends upon good surface preparation.

 There are varying conditions that require different approaches to surface preparation.  For instance, if your stove’s finish appears intact without blemishes or rust, then you can simply do the following:

 Using 180 grit sand paper or a medium coarse pad lightly scuff the existing paint finish

  1. Using Acetone* on a clean white cotton cloth, wipe the surface to remove debris from the scuffing process and have a nice clean surface
  2. Allow the Acetone* to evaporate (about 5 minutes)
  3. Apply the paint in two light coats

 * NOTE:  Take care to read and follow instructions for the proper use of Acetone.

 If your stove has any rust, it is very important that you remove all of the rust.  We do not recommend using any type of chemical treatment to remove or “capture the rust”.  These chemicals can leave a residue that will hinder the adhesion of the high temperature paint.  To remove rust with abrasion you can use a wire wheel attachment on a drill, or a wire brush, or sand paper that is coarse and designed to remove rust and paint from metal.  Once the rust has been removed, you can follow the instructions above to scuff the remaining coating and clean the surface with Acetone before painting.

 If your stove has loose paint, or has been painted more than once in the past, then you may find that you get the best results by removing the paint to prepare the surface.  Again, using abrasion with a wire wheel, a wire brush, or sanding will remove most paint from metal.  You may also find using Lacquer Thinner* and a coarse Scotch-Brite pad to remove the paint.

 * NOTE:  Take care to read and follow instructions for the proper use of Lacquer Thinner.


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