How do you paint an old rusty wood burner?


I have a rusty wood burner - more like an old outdoor wood stove. It has a domed top and an iron door to open to put in the wood. It is a focal point in my backyard landscaping. I was thinking of spray painting it a bright fun color for some "pop" but don't know what to use or how to start - or if I should just leave it rusty. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you!

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  • Larry miller Larry miller on Oct 17, 2018

    You can purchase hi heat paint for cars, made for exhaust and hot parts, this is an option

  • J J on Oct 17, 2018

    If you put olive oil all over it, it will remove the rust and give it a nice darker finish. Put it on with a brush, and wipe off a lot of the rust. Will also help protect the finish. If you want to paint it, wash the loose rust and or oil off. I like rustoleum spray paints, they come in all kinds of colors and have a primer built in, makes it easy. If you go bright and don’t like it, you can always spray over it with a matallic gray or black paint. The textured paints hide a lot of the roughness of old metal esp in the flat finishes. Have fun with it!!!

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 17, 2018

    I like the fun color idea. Wire brush off rust, prime with rust converter, spray paint with exterior Rustoleum paint

  • Joann Gonnella Cope Joann Gonnella Cope on Oct 17, 2018

    They make a product in automotive stores called naval jelly. It gets painted on to turn rust to be able to paint. I would take a wire brush to scrape or clean off as much rest as possible, try some corse steel wool? Remove as much as you can after the naval jelly ( follow the directions) spray paint. Use a Rust-Oleum paint.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Oct 17, 2018

    I like the idea of leaving the rust but it might eventually rust through leaving holes. Painting with a product like ‘Rustoleum’ might be the way to go.