Asked on Aug 29, 2016

Refinishing a fire pit

by Kim
The top of our fire pit is peeling off due to people putting their feet on it. We have considered repairing with high temp paint or glass tiles. From the research we have done, the latter may not be a good choice because of the grout expanding and cracking the tiles when outside temperatures fluctuate. We live in the Oregon high dessert area. Does anyone know if there are textured, high heat paints available? I appreciate any other suggestions?
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Top of firepit
q what is the best way to refinish top of fire pit that is peeling off, concrete masonry, concrete repair, outdoor living, painting
  12 answers
  • Paskidog Paskidog on Aug 30, 2016
    Your comment about the grout for tile expanding and contracting can be addressed by using a liquid latex additive to the dry grout instead of water. I have used this on several wood or coal stove surround installs with several being nearly 30 yrs old without any cracking whatsoever. Being exterior, you would want to make sure you keep up with the waterproofing on the grout lines (Thompson's etc).

  • Jeris Chitwood Jeris Chitwood on Aug 30, 2016
    Engine paint is hi-temp paint & comes in a lot of different colors.

  • Rst3271473 Rst3271473 on Aug 30, 2016
    I would suggest porcelain tile and stabilized grout. This appears to be a gas fire pit and heat shouldn't be a problem for the porcelain tiles.

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 01, 2016
    All good ideas. Once you get your fire pit like you want it, get a fly swatter. Why? Because, anyone who puts their feet up there gets swatted! :)

  • Kate O'Hara Kate O'Hara on Sep 05, 2016
    Definitely the high heat paint, but usually available in limited colors. Maybe marine paint?

  • Ljd6276785 Ljd6276785 on Sep 12, 2016
    Try any porcelain tiles set very closely together NO grout. Use the same hi temp mortar used on fireplaces.

  • Amy Quinnie Houser Amy Quinnie Houser on Mar 23, 2017
    I have had the same problem with the paint on my fire table peeling. Have you found anything that works yet? I have not had any success.

  • Kim Kim on Jul 10, 2017
    Believe it or not, I'm just getting around to working on this project. When looking for the high temp mortar, there is the consideration that it is an outdoor firepit, and will have rain exposure. Would that change your recommendation? Any better product to use? Will the thickness of the tile make a difference? Thanks for your help. Kim

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    • Lisa Egidio Lisa Egidio on Apr 26, 2020

      I have the same fire pit as well and my top has all crumbled.. any suggestion or how did you fix yours?

  • Donna Donna on Apr 19, 2020

    We have the Real Flame rectangular fire table, and the fibreglass has cracked and chipped worse every year due to the Canadian climate. Our first attempt to mask the damage was to use 3 stain colours to do a faux marbling of the table, which looked awesome for one summer (then the table chipped and cracked further during the winter [stored inside the garage]). Last year, we fiberglassed the areas with missing chunks and the larger cracks. Pulled it out this spring to see that those have also peeled and lifted. Our next attempt will be to build a cedar cover for it that can lift on/off. We’re thinking of using the thin cedar slays that you see on houses, leaving small gaps between slats, and then we can just vacuum off the new chips each year, but at least it’ll be nice to look at. Note that our table has glass panels that will act as a barrier between the fire and the wood.

  • Al Al on Jun 18, 2022

    I have a similar problem with my "fiber reinforced concrete" gas firepit.

    It was suggested to me that I clean all of the cracked bits off, then seal the entire top with EPOXY RESIN, then sand & paint it with high heat paint (engine paint or furnace paint). From my little bit of researching, epoxy resin seems to be heat resistant & fire proof. Any thoughts?