How to paint brick fireplace?

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  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 21, 2017
    Hello Delores, First clean the brick with a wire brush. Then wash and rinse with clean water. I recommend using a primer and then paint with a product made to withstand high temperature. Hope this is helpful.

  • Tam13317878 Tam13317878 on Jun 21, 2017
    can be done . Prime then paint. Use thick knap roller to get in the mortar joints.

  • Carole Triplett Brooks Carole Triplett Brooks on Jun 22, 2017
    If you've got a free afternoon, then you've got time to give your brick fireplace surround a dramatic new look. All it takes is a little elbow grease, a few tools, and some paint. Here's how to paint a brick fireplace and transform the look of your room.

    What You Need

    Wire scrub
    nonsudsy trisodium phosphate (TSP)
    Safety goggles
    Heavy-duty cleaner
    painters tape
    oil-base primer
    drop cloths
    indoor latex paint
    paint roller for textured surfaces
    small paintbrush

    Step One: Examine the Surround

    While there are many things that can be included on an OK-to-paint list, most stone fireplaces—limestone, sandstone, river rock, for example—are less amenable and harder to change once you do paint them. If you think you might want to paint your fireplace, first make sure it is a brick surround.

    Step Two: Clean the Surface

    To make sure your paint adheres and dries properly, you'll need to thoroughly clean the brick. Use a wire scrub brush to get any dirt or dust, apply nonsudsy trisodium phosphate (also called TSP; wear gloves and safety goggles), and wash thoroughly with a heavy-duty cleaner. Rinse and let dry. Tape off any areas that you want to remain paint-free.

    Step Three: Prime the Brick

    A stain-blocking, oil-base primer can help protect your paint against future soot stains as you use the fireplace. To apply, lay a drop cloth and apply primer to the entire surface, following the manufacturer's directions on the can.

    Step Four: Paint the Brick

    Once the primer is dry, it's time to paint. Choose indoor latex paint—either flat, semigloss, or gloss—that is rated to withstand temperatures generated by the fireplace (generally about 200°F), and a roller specifically for textured surfaces. The latter will help in covering the surface of the brick, which is likely not smooth. For any spots that you can't reach using a roller, touch up with a small paintbrush. Apply a second and third coat as needed.

    Note: This type of paint is only appropriate for the exterior of a brick fireplace, not the interior firebox. If you want to paint the firebox, you'll need a special heat-resistant paint.