Wrong paint on faux fireplace interior

Ellen Trammell
by Ellen Trammell
I sprayed the inside of this faux fireplace with the wrong kind of paint. Now candles release fumes from the paint. How do I fix it?
Fireplace update in progress.
  12 answers
  • ...what type of paint did you actually use ? There is a paint made expressly for this purpose...high heat Barbecue paint. I am not an expert on this issue, but I would recommend using a wire brush, lightly use that to take off some of the residue and any ash, soot, etc. and then do a coat of that paint. After reading a bit about this paint, it WILL ' scorch' a bit when hit by flames, but it would do the same thing on a barbecue as well. Hope this helps.
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    • @Ellen Trammell ...ah , ok. :) I believe I would still sand off some of the paint you did use, and yes, wear a special mask. ..and open windows. ..and FP flue. I am glad to hear that once you noticed a problem, you arent using your BEAUTIFUL candelabra.
  • Nancy Nesbitt Nancy Nesbitt on Feb 25, 2015
    Since these fumes may be a health hazard, you should probably contact a professional masonary contractor and get his/her advice. Check Angie's List or get recommendations from friends or other building contractors so you get good advice from a reputable company. The fix may be as simple as painting over your old paint with the proper type for fireplaces, but I don't know if this would be safe or not. You must think of your health and safety first. (I love your candleabra!)
    • Ellen Trammell Ellen Trammell on Feb 26, 2015
      I appreciate your health concerns and recommendations. Glad you like my candelabra. I like the way it fits. BTW it was intended for around the umbrella pole on a picnic table, but setting the two parts side by side fit perfectly in the fireplace.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Feb 26, 2015
    I agree with both comments. Your going to have to remove the paint then repaint with fireplace paint/high heat paint. Please wear a respirator when sanding/citri-strip ing the wrong paint.
    • Ellen Trammell Ellen Trammell on Feb 26, 2015
      Thank you for your recommendation about respirator. I wore a special mask when I spray painted.
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Feb 26, 2015
    Open windows and/or damper to dispel the fumes.
  • Recreate Recreate on Feb 27, 2015
    since this is not an actual fireplace, the candles will not give off alot of heat, but having said that, it is safer to go with a high heat paint, as the others have posted and sanding is recommended. It is normal to have a smell for a bit when using the candles. I have a wood stove and even when I used the high heat paint to restore my stove it did smell for the first 5-6 times. I did spray in the spring and only lit small fires and left the windows open. When the winter came there was no more smell off the stove from the paint, and that was 9 yrs ago. Hope this helps. But just a note for future ref. it is recommended that when painting brick always use latex paint, the brick needs to breath.
    • Ellen Trammell Ellen Trammell on Feb 28, 2015
      You have given me much information and relief about fumes. Guess I'm going to wait until spring to totally complete this makeover so I can open windows. Thanks!
  • Susan Susan on Feb 27, 2015
    I would seal everything you already painted with Kilz or a paint store recommended primer / sealer first, then apply a high heat paint as others have suggested.
  • Laura Laura on Jan 01, 2024

    my fireplace was painted with the wrong color black paint when I had the chimney cleaned the chimney sweep said it was the wrong paint that I just needed to burn it off and then it would go up the chimney. This did not happen when I started my first fire on December 31, 2019 the paint fumes went throughout my house and we’re a big mess to clean up. Since then I’ve contacted several specialist the last one suggested I replace the bricks. All other methods would be costly, messy and take too much time. I wish I could sue the people I bought my house from. I haven’t been able to use my fireplace at all.

    Did sanding the inside of your fireplace work? How long did it take?

  • Dee Dee on Jan 01, 2024

    I would get Rustoleum High Heat Paint and repaint the fireplace.

  • Laura Laura on Jan 02, 2024

    I don’t know if I can just paint over the wrong paint with the right paint. Does anyone know what happens if I don’t strip the wrong paint off the bricks first?

  • If you don't want to remove the paint, consider using battery-operated candles.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 02, 2024

    Hi Ellen, spray paint does take some time to loose the odor once it's applied. You can just wait about a month or so for the paint to totally dry and loose the odor, or you can apply a sealer over it to help with the smell. If you use a spray clear coat, it will have an odor as well, but that too will slowly tame.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 09, 2024

    You could strip off the paint, which may not be totally necessary. Also a sealant would cover the paint, be sure it is non-flammable.