Painting a fireplace surround isn't a complicated task, as long as you follow manufacturer instructions and application guides. Preparation is always key to painting any surface - and it certainly applies when you paint a fireplace surround.
Your fireplace surround will be the centrepiece of the room, but it doesn't have to stay exactly the same colour as when you first moved into your home. Stoves and open fires are messy by nature and will mark the surrounding wall with dirt and soot deposits. Repaint your fireplace surround to match your existing decor and interior design - or contrast to make it really stand out.
With a correctly installed stove, the walls around it shouldn't be reaching temperatures more than a standard radiator (approx. 60°C) and therefore a durable interior paint should be suitable. For active fireplaces you may need a heat-resistant paint, especially on brick and stone.
Laying down sheets around the area will catch any dirt, soot, and ash deposits as you clean the surface prior to painting, protecting your carpets or wood floors. Mask areas with tape that you don't want to be painted, and then prepare the surface of your fire surround depending on the substrate:
How to paint a metal/cast iron fireplace
All metal surfaces should be clean, dry, and free from grease, oil, and other contaminants that could affect adhesion. Use a degreaser before de-rusting.
De-rust according the manufacturer's instructions - usually through mechanical or blast cleaning as hand washing will not clean the surface sufficiently.
Mix the paint well and apply by a brush or roller, ensuring the area is well ventilated.
How to paint a brick fireplace
If your brick fireplace surround is still functioning then you may need a heat-resistant primer and topcoat. Tikkurila Muuri is an all-in-one heat-resistant fireplace paint.
Brick fireplaces will likely be full of soot and smoke deposits from use over the years. Using a wire brush and detergent will help remove these - always allow plenty of time to dry before starting painting, usually overnight.
Surface defects and loose pointing should be filled in, with any visible signs of organic growths treated with mould remover.
As brick surfaces are uneven you may need to patch-prime first. Look to use a primer-sealer as this will help prevent soot coming through.
Now apply one or two coats of primer as required, using a brush or roller.
Once dry, the surface should now be prepared to paint over with a suitable topcoat. If your fireplace still functions then you will require a heat-resistant primer and topcoat, such as Tikkurila Murri.
How to paint a stone fireplace
Stone fireplaces are similar to brick fire surrounds above - always ensure that you clean the surface properly as soot and smoke build-up with affect paint adhesion.
Always read the data sheets available for each product and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Our technical team are on hand should you require more advice, on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or send a message to [email protected]