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Old 01-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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Can we paint our stove?

I did a quick search but am taking the easy route and starting a new thread. We use our stove a lot and it's in pretty good shape but I'd really love it to "match" our colors once the curtains are done. Namely, I'd like it to be bright red. I'm wondering if anyone has ever painted their stove and if so, what was used and what the results were. Again, we use our stove so my main concern is that the paint will bubble with the heat. Thanks for tips!
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They make high temperature paints for engines, which is what I used on my cook top. So far so good.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:42 PM   #3
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Thanks, Thomas. Can I get that at the big orange store or Lowe's? My husband has used something for our old (like 50 years old) John Deere grill but it seems to still peel every year. I'm wondering if he's not using the right stuff. Thanks again!
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Thanks, Thomas. Can I get that at the big orange store or Lowe's? My husband has used something for our old (like 50 years old) John Deere grill but it seems to still peel every year. I'm wondering if he's not using the right stuff. Thanks again!
Yes, it is sold in the big box stores. It can't take a direct flame like on a grate, but it seems to work OK on the metal body of the cook top.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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Okay, I'll have a look. The stuff he's bought in the past he puts on the outside of the grill (old, cast iron) but like I said, it still flakes off. Not a big deal -- he just does it once a year, but I'm not too into that. I'll take a look at the "Dump" (home depot) and Lowe's to see what I can find without his input. Thanks again!
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Okay, I'll have a look. The stuff he's bought in the past he puts on the outside of the grill (old, cast iron) but like I said, it still flakes off. Not a big deal -- he just does it once a year, but I'm not too into that. I'll take a look at the "Dump" (home depot) and Lowe's to see what I can find without his input. Thanks again!
A grill cover gets a lot hotter than a cook top, so you shouldn't have any problem with heat.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:05 PM   #7
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You might look into header paint. If your stovetop gets hot enough to ruin that, your scamp has became your new BBQ.
Be forewarned, most high temp paints will smoke some, and they need hea to cure. You might want to do it before hand with a heatgun, etc. I don't think you want to do that the first time you cook. I would pull it out of the camper.

They also have high temp powdercoats, that might be worth looking into.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #8
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I'll look for some header paint. I know that he's using black rustoleum from Home Depot which says it's good up to 1200 degrees. I doubt our grill is getting hotter than that, but who knows. I'll keep looking and maybe even consider going to automotive parts stores. I was planning on taking the thing out, for sure and I guess I'll invest in a heat gun if necessary. I might find someone who has one, actually. Regardless, do you think after I heat them up that they'll give off fumes later? Just curious since it will be near/around my food. Thanks for the tip, Jared!
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I can't guarantee anything, but I would be surprised. After the first time or two on headers, it doesn't smoke anymore, and they are MUCH hotter than the stove top will ever get. That's why I suggested a heat gun, that paint actually will never truly cure, otherwise.

Edit: Something like this. This is flat red, not sure if they have gloss or not.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/vh...FQmmPAodOG4A8w

Good for 2,000*. they say for bbq's, so should be ok around food once cured.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:34 PM   #10
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Okay, I'll do a bit more research and give it a try. I've seen some ceramic "kits" that seem pretty legit and then also noticed that VHT. I'll go to an automotive place and see what they say. I also wonder if I can have it done professionally (dipped) at an affordable price. Probably not, but I'll look into it. Thanks!
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Look online for fire place stove paint. Its generally availible in a lot more colours then the local big box store will carry.

best of luck

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:01 AM   #12
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Thanks Deryk-- will do. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
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There's an old saying that anything is possible if you throw enough money at it! Now, I don't have a clue what it would cost to have a stove top fired in porcelain, but if it interests you... contact these folks, they do quite a bit of work for vintage trailer owners: MATTERA STOVE WORKS.COM

Click on the "Our Services" tab and about halfway down the page you'll see their porcelain service and colors.
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In my opinion, long term success will depend on the subsurface..if it's painted or enameled, I think that with proper preparation paint will adhere.

But if it was originally "chrome-brushed" as in my Trillium stovetop's case...I've tried everything suggested above and couldn't find anything that lasted longer than a season.
I even tried "baking" (hot oven) both the bbq and the header paint. Nothing lasted!

If yours is painted rather than plated like mine, though, and still well-adhering, a good sanding prior to painting should make a surface that will readily accept and bond with the new paint..

Do be careful when sanding NOT to completely remove the original paint- it's a good strong surface for the new paint to adhere to.

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