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Fireplace Paint

When searching for Fireplace Paints and Fire Surround Paints, you may be tempted by basic 'heat resistant paints' that claim to be suitable for fireplaces and fire surrounds. They are not suitable. Rawlins' blog post on painting a fireplace had dozens of customer questions asking this same question - "is heat resistant or fire retardant paint suitable for fireplaces and fire surrounds" - the answer is no. So, due to overwhelming customer enquiries, Rawlins now stock the only two specialist heat resistant paints for fireplaces that are suitable for fire surrounds, hearths and back panels:

  • Stonelux Fireplace Paint:
    • Suitable for use on Fireplaces, Fire Surrounds, Back Panels, Hearths - including wood, plaster, ceramic tiles, granite, MDF, stone, brickwork, concrete and more
    • Sample pots and colour charts also available
    • Available in 15 colours, including Simply Stone, Stone Flecks, Smooth Stone and Antique Stone finishes
  • Tikkurila Muuri:
    • Suitable for use on Fireplaces, Firewalls and similar wall surfaces exposed to higher than normal temperatures
    • Available in 8 popular colours
    • Does not require a primer

Click here for guides on how-to-paint wood, brick, and marble fireplaces.

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Tikkurila Muuri

A breathable, heat-resistant paint which is ideal for fireplaces. Available in white or tinted to 8 popular colours. Resistant to dry heat up to 300℃ (white, untinted only) or 180℃ (tinted colours) and Inorganic silicate paint for interior use with excellent heat-resistance Does not require a separate primer Suitable for use on concrete,...

Price £15.09
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Stonelux Fireplace Paint

A water-based, durable, stone effect paint for interior use that provides a very hard-wearing, breathable, stone effect finish that looks and feels like natural stone. It is an extremely cost-effective alternative to replacing an existing fireplace and can be applied by brush, roller, and spray. Specially formulated for application onto:...

Price £37.10
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Stonelux Primer & Undercoat

Stonelux Primer & Undercoat, a water-based, high performance, primer and undercoat which has been specially formulated for application to substrates prior to the application of StoneLux Stone Effect Paints. Stonelux Primer & Undercoat is suitable for for interior and exterior applications onto old, weathered and pre-painted surfaces...

Price £23.64
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Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish

Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish combines the silky feel of wax with the durability of a varnish with a finish reminiscent of the traditional feel of lovingly preserved furniture. Clear finish retains the natural appearance of the wood while colour finish transforms the wood, producing subtle even shades. Ideal for wood and MDF, new wood...

Price £21.95
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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 wooden fireplace

Clean the area down with detergents and degreasers to remove contaminants - these can cause issue with paints not adhering correctly to the surface, peeling off over time. Holes and damage should be filled with an appropriate filler and left to dry.

Lightly sanding the surface removes loose and flaking materials such as previous paint layers or damaged wood. This provides a sound and smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.

Prime the area to seal the wood and prevent stains, knots, and tannins from bleeding through and affecting the topcoat.

Once dry, apply a suitable topcoat, allowing plenty of time between layers for it to dry. Stonelux Fireplace Paint is ideal for use on wooden fireplaces, finishing with a stone effect that withstands heat up to 300°C.

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 or Stonelux Fireplace Paint.

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.

How to paint a marble fireplace

Marble fireplace surrounds used to be all the rage many years ago but can look tired and dated. If you would rather paint over your marble surface, it can help to refresh and revitalise your living space. Stonelux Fireplace Paint can completely transform marble fireplaces and surrounds with a stone-effect finish. With 15 colours in 4 finishes, there are plenty of options to choose from, all heat resistant up to 300°C.

Clean the surface down to remove grease, oil, soot, and smoke deposits with detergents or grease removers. Anything left on the surface will affect the adhesion of your paint and eventually flake off!

Any cracks should be filled, allowing to dry before painting.

Marble is a glossy surface and therefore hard for paints and primers to adhere to. The manufacturer's instructions should guide you here but you may need to give it a sand over to dull the sheen, providing a key for paints to stick to.

Use a suitable primer to prime, seal, and undercoat the surface. You may need 2 coats to properly seal against soot.

Now you can paint on your topcoat. if your fireplace is still active then you will need a heat-resistant topcoat and primer, such as Stonelux, rather than decorative paints.

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]