Can gas burner stove top grills be painted?


I will be replacing my kitchen appliances, one of these days. But my Stove Top Gas grills are gray. I have tried everything to clean or get the black marks off of them (even sandpaper) They are just crappy looking. Someone suggested that I get OVEN PAINT and paint them black. New grates are over $180.00. I refuse to pay for new burner grates, I would rather paint them (if possible) since I will be replacing the stove as well. Any suggestions ?

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  • You can, but you have to find food-safe grade paint that is high-heat tolerant.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 13, 2020

    Hi there, yep you can purchase high heat paint - look for it in the fireplace and masonry area of the store.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 13, 2020

    Take each individual burner grate and put it in a gallon size freezer thickness zip seal baggie. Add 1/2 cup ammonia to each bag. Take or do this outdoors. Seal the bag, let it set overnight. The next day take each out and rinse off outside.

    The fumes do the work and not the ammonia liquid.

    I do half of my burners so I have at least a half of stove to cook on...a 2 day process.

    • Amazing Grace ! Amazing Grace ! on Jul 14, 2020

      Thank you, I will try it. It’s not grime I’m trying to get rid of exactly. The grates are pitted, and it is in those areas that are black. Even after using high grit sandpaper I can’t get them gray again. But I certainly will give it a shot. Thank you for your advice.


  • Janice Janice on Jul 13, 2020

    The ammonia/plastic bag recommendation has worked well for me for the dirty grates of my outdoor barbeque. Sounds like that's an excellent next try step.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 13, 2020

    I would give the ammonia and plastic bag trick a shot before buying new grates. Just be sage and do all of this outdoors and on a sunny or warm day so the ammonia sort of has the time and power from the heat of the sun to cook them clean.

    If you do end up painting them please be sure the paint is high temp and food safe.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jul 13, 2020

    Spray paint rated for barbecue grills or for engine blocks will work. Should be about six dollars a can, the most.

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    • Amazing Grace ! Amazing Grace ! on Jul 14, 2020

      Auto parts store? Would they have the paint I need?

  • Dee Dee on Jul 13, 2020

    Here's how I clean my gas grill caps. I get Oven and grill cleaner at the dollar store. I put the capps in a large zip lock bag and spray them down really well. Seal the bag and let them sit in the sun or overnight. The heat from the sun will react with the grill cleaner. I do this once a month and my gas cook top looks great.

    You can also order replacements from your manufacture or at Repair

    • Amazing Grace ! Amazing Grace ! on Jul 14, 2020

      Too expensive to replace the grates. It’s not grease or grime, they are like pitted and where the divots are is where the black marks are. I’ll definitely clean with the ammonia trick.

      I’ve tried the oven cleaner outside and covered in the hot baking Florida sun then tried scrubbing with sandpaper with no change. Once they’re absolutely clean. I feel the oven pain will be the (temporary) solution at this point. Thank you so much for your input.



  • Patty Patty on Jul 13, 2020

    I wouldnt paint them. Clean them good. Save up and buy new ones when you can. Toxic burnt paint fumes in my house, oh hell no!

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 13, 2020

    Hello Amazing. Yes, the grates on your gas stove can be painted. Be sure to use a paint that can withstand high heat. Sand them first so they will accept the paint. Buy enough paint for a couple coats. Good luck.

  • William William on Jul 14, 2020

    High heat paint will not work in direct contact with flames. It will just burn off and the fumes can be harmful. High heat paint has a temperature range of 500 to 1500 degrees while a gas burner flame is at 3000 degrees. Here's some info.

    • Amazing Grace ! Amazing Grace ! on Jul 14, 2020

      Excellent link. Seems you are correct, I haven’t found any high heat paint that will withstand flames. I’ll have to do the ammonia trick and hope it works Thanks for the cautions.

  • William William on Jul 14, 2020

    Your welcome. If you can't clean them then go to They have repair guides, schematics, and sell parts. You might be able to get replacements for a low price. It's my go to place. My oven would not heat. The igniter would glow but burner would not light. I thought it was the safety valve that was defective. Repair clinic stated that a weak igniter is the common problem. So I took a chance and for $27.00 was worth a try. I connected the new igniter per instructions and my oven lit up. Cheaper repair than a $159 safety valve and/or new stove.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 14, 2020

    If you search the internet for the grates you may find that you can find some in better shape than yours for a good price especially if your stove is an older model you could also check with used appliance stores they may sell them to you at a good price

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