Tips for painting fireplace inside and out

Another perspective, DIY guide on painting fireplace

Many people forget to consider the inside of their fireplace, which can certainly detract from whatever decorative changes that are being made to the outside.

A newly painted fireplace can become the highlight of your living room if painted inside and outside. To achieve this, it is important to use the right types of paints. Here, we will be giving you useful and effective tips for painting your fireplace so as to help get you started.

Choose the Best Paint For Painting the Fireplace Interior

Your fireplace is clearly exposed to direct flame the intense heat of a fire if you actually used it to light fires and not just as a decorative alcove. Because of this, you have to use a high heat resistant paint. Talk to a paint professional or check the paint label to ensure that you choose a paint that is intended for fireplace boxes.

The paint you select:

*Must be able to handle heat of up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. These kind of paints won’t blister or peel at repeated exposure to these highest levels of heat.

*Can be can or spray paint. Spray paint is better because it is easy to use, less messy, it covers and dries quickly and can also be recoated after it becomes dry. This helps the paint become thicker and more resistant to heat.

There are several great brands that can do the work efficiently including Rutland, RustOleum and Stovebright.

Choosing the Best Paint For The Fireplace Facade

If the fireplace is made of bricks, stucco or masonry, choose a high quality latex or elastomeric paint as they have many pros.

Traditional latex paint is available in satin, flat, gloss or semi-gloss finish. If these are your options, choose the finish that best matches that of the surrounding walls. Due to the porosity of both the brick and mortar, you have to do more than two coats to get the coverage you are looking for.

Most professionals, like,  recommend the use of elastomeric paint for a brick fireplace. This paint type has classically been used for exteriors because it fills in cracks and holes, it is waterproof, and it is extremely durable. Because of its acrylic and rubberized nature, elastomeric paint enters and seal cracks in your brick, and it usually does not require more than one or two coats.