Choosing a heat resistant paint for fireplaces used to be tricky – at Rawlins Paints we make buying specialist paints easy. Our fireplace surround paints are available in many popular decorative colours and shades that can withstand temperatures up to 300°C. You’re not restricted to black or aluminium anymore! Click here to skip recommended products and to continue reading.
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Your fireplace will likely be the centrepiece of your living space, jutting out from its surroundings with a dominating chimney breast towards the centre of the room. Such a feature doesn’t have to remain with the exact same appearance as the day you moved in – our fireplace paints allow you to completely transform the walls surrounding your fireplace or stove with striking finishes that resist the heat.
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Important – Our heat-resistant paints are not designed for contact with flames, or for painting the fire or stove themselves:
The products we will discuss in this article are designed for use on areas near to a fire that may increase in temperature when the fire is in use – such as surrounding walls, back panels, hearths, mantels, etc. It is important to understand that any surface to be painted must be capable of safely withstanding the temperature it will get up to with the fire in use on its own.
The paint products offered here will not provide any increase in protection or resistance to the surfaces they are applied to. They simply provide a decorative finish that can withstand high temperatures that normal paints would not be able to tolerate. Using a normal paint to decorate these kinds of areas is not recommended as it can result in discolouration, failure by flaking/peeling/blistering, odours being omitted, and potentially creating a fire hazard.
Our fireplace paints should not be used on areas in direct contact with flames or be used on any parts of the fire/stove itself. If you are looking for something to paint the outside of your log burner, chimney flue, or other metal surface that gets hot (but not in direct contact with flames), see instead our Heat Resistant Paints for metal.
Striking heat resistant paint for fireplace surrounds
A new type of heatproof paint for fireplaces and firewalls exposed to higher-than-normal temperatures. Muuri ensures a breathable surface that is heat resistant up to 300°C (in standard white) and 180°C (in its 8 tinted colours), protecting the walls surrounding your fireplace or stove with a striking finish.
It is suitable for use on fireplaces and surrounds such as:
- Lime cement
- Cement plaster
- Sandlime brick
- Brick surfaces
- Mineral board
- Suitable also for surfaces previously painted with:
- Lime cement
- Silicate paints
Poor preparation affects the adhesion of heat-resistant paints – they simply cannot stick to the surface of your fireplace if it hasn’t been cleaned or primed correctly.
Our Fireplace Surround Paints each have respective data sheets with instructions for preparing the surface for painting – including recommended heat-resistant primers and application details – available from the “Data Sheets” tab on the product page.
If the fireplace is active then you will need a paint to resist temperatures that are higher than a normal, decorative topcoat can handle, such as our fireplace surround paints that perform up to 300°C.
Non-functioning fireplaces – like those with tiles where the hearth would normally be – can be decorated using a non-heat resistant paint such as Bradite One Can. Available at Rawlins Paints in 2,400+ colours, with a choice of an eggshell or matt finish.
Can I use normal paint behind a wood burning stove?
Regular wall paints and emulsions will likely be unable to deal with the heat from a stove, blistering and cracking after exposure and requiring the surface to be stripped, primed, and re-painted with an appropriate paint.