Painting brass trim on a gas fireplace

by Amy
(Ohio)

I'm a beginner - DIYer. I was tired of the decorative brass trim around the opening of my gas fireplace. I sprayed it black with spray paint - not knowing at the time that I needed HEAT resistant paint vs. standard metal spray paint. HELP!

So wondering what to do...

Can I spray over it with HEAT resistant paint?
Will it catch on fire when I turn on the fireplace or just peel?
If I can a little bit on the black vented area from spillover how do I remove it.

I have attached a BEFORE picture.

Any insight or help would be appreciated.
I asked someone prior to spraying it but think I didn't get the right advice.

Looking to learn.

Amy

I'm a beginner - DIYer. I was tired of the decorative brass trim around the opening of my gas fireplace. I sprayed it black with spray paint - not knowing at the time that I needed HEAT resistant paint vs. standard metal spray paint. HELP!

So wondering what to do...

Can I spray over it with HEAT resistant paint?

Will it catch on fire when I turn on the fireplace or just peel?
If I can a little bit on the black vented area from spillover how do I remove it.

I have attached a BEFORE picture.

Any insight or help would be appreciated.
I asked someone prior to spraying it but think I didn't get the right advice.

Looking to learn.

Amy



Hi Amy,

Your new paint might stick to the surface (doubtful though) and yes catching fire could be an issue.

Along with the afore mentioned problems would be the fumes that the non-heat resistant paint might give off once heated.

If it were my fireplace trim I would strip off the new paint (take it outside if possible, while wearing the appropriately rated mask along with other protective gear) so that I could re-apply a good quality heat resistant paint.

Use a stripper to remove the paint and/or heat which would be my recommendation.

Sand (or soda) blasting definitely does the best job but the cost of renting the tools would be better suited to a little bigger project.

In all honesty, stripping paint is a pain. With that said, the less time that the paint is left on the easier it will be to get off.

Not using the unit is probably not the solution. Of course replacing the fireplace trim (expensive as that may be) is another option.

I'm not sure but I'm thinking that one of your questions above asks about spilt paint.

If so paint strippers will do the trick unfortunately they might also damage the surface.

I do find that a product called Goof Off works extremely well yet at the same time has a very strong solvent smell.

I wouldn't suggest turning the fireplace on due to the fire hazard. If your so inclined to do so, be sure to have a fully operable fire extinguisher at the ready.

Lastly but most importantly, don't feel bad about using the wrong product.

You will find, while doing your DIY projects, that not all advice, tools or materials are quite what they are made out to be.

Unfortunately It can be frustrating due to both cost and the time involved.

Good luck and have fun,

Shawn.

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