FAQ’s Stove Bright Consumer Products


Wood Stove paintingQ1: Where can I buy your Stove Bright® hearth products?

A: Check under “Fireplaces” or “Stoves” in the yellow pages to find retailers near you. If you are unable to locate our products by a local search, please contact our Consumer Service or you may buy direct from the U.S. national salespoint (U.S. only): Jim Walz Distributors @ 1-800-499-4119.

Q2: Can I buy factory direct?

A: No. Unfortunately, we are not set up to handle factory direct consumer sales (see answer to the previous Question, Q1). We sell in pallet loads to over 150 regional Distributors who, in turn, supply a wide range of dealers throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and some regions of Europe (see answer to the previous Question).

Q3: Can I paint my glossy kitchen stove?

A: No. Because Stove Bright® High Temperature Paint is specifically designed to maintain its color at high temperatures; one might think that it is the perfect solution for painting a range or stove. There are two reasons that our paint is not suitable: 1. It is a Flat Paint. The glossy finish of porcelain cannot be duplicated in a paint that is subject to high heat. 2. Stove Bright® paint is not FDA approved for incidental food contact.

Alternatives to painting the range top or stove include services that refurbish porcelain or powder coating. These tend to be expensive options for re-coating a range or stove top.

Q4: Can I paint my built-in kitchen oven?

A: Not Really. As mentioned in the previous question, our high-temp paint product, Stove Bright®, is designed to withstand very high temps on woodstoves, steam pipes, boilers, etc., but it simply isn’t designed to be used on kitchen appliances. If your intent is to use it on vertical areas where pots, pans and general cooking activity wouldn’t normally come in contact with the painted area, it would be okay in that regard, but it still would not be glossy. Until it reaches the heat-curing temps, (about 600°F) it is subject to scratching. Our point is that you may be able to use our paint, but the exterior door area is unlikely to reach 250°F, except around the gasket, so you might be better off to use our “1A64E Series” Gas Vent Pipe Paint or an epoxy paint that will air cure, has gloss, and will withstand about 250°F.

Q5: Can I paint my kitchen stove burner grates?

A: No, our liquid coatings are not designed for the wear and tear of friction from pots and pans. In addition, Stove Bright® is not approved by the FDA to be used on cooking surfaces that might come in contact with food.

Q6: Should I use aerosol or brush-on when repainting my stove?

A: It is frequently assumed that spray paint will create an unmanageable overspray problem, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our Stove Bright® High-Temp aerosols dry so fast that it is usually powder by the time the overspray reaches a surface. The Gas Vent Pipe Paint will “travel” a bit, particularly the lighter colors. Get a large, cheap plastic sheet from a paint or hardware store. Tape it behind and under the stove or drape it over nearby items, then just wrap it up and toss it away when you are done! We make 30 high temperature colors in aerosol compared to only 5 brush-on high temperature colors (Satin Black, Metallic Black, Charcoal, Metallic Brown and Goldenfire Brown). Professional fireplace and heating stove installers prefer the aerosol for its ease of use, excellent coverage and fine cured finish. Whether you choose aerosol or brush-on, please follow package instructions carefully. Refer to our User Guide for precautions and hints for best results.

Q7: Can I buy a gallon of high-temp paint to use in my own spray equipment?

A: We do not sell bulk high temperature paint to consumers. EPA regulations on the application of bulk solvent-based high temperature paints are very stringent. In addition, specialized equipment is required to effectively apply the paint. If you are a manufacturer, please call our Industrial Order Desk at (800) 537-7201 or e-mail us for more information. See the answer to the previous question for information on our brush-on high-temp paint products.

Q8: Should I be concerned about the health risk of using aerosol paint?

A: Applying common sense and carefully following the instructions on the can will minimize risks. Intentional misuse of the product obviously increases health risk. Please see our User Guide for recommended procedures.

Q9: Is smoke and odor normal during cure?

A: During the curing process the chemical nature of the paint changes. The heat of the stove during curing will cause chemicals to burn off, sometimes resulting in visible smoke and annoying odor. This two stage curing process requires an initial medium size burn (about 450°F) for about 60 minutes to begin heat curing the silicone resin. As the paint heats, it will temporarily soften. Gradually, at the hottest spots, the paint will again appear dry. Immediately commence a hotter burn of about 600°F for another 45 minutes to complete the silicone cure. You will know when this occurs because the process creates some smoke and odor! After the “burn-off” is complete, there will be no more smoke or odor. Although the smoke/odor is not toxic, it is annoying. It displaces oxygen and may cause physical distress for some individuals and animals. Until this 2nd stage is finished, the curing process will be incomplete and may be a smoky annoyance at a later time. Please see our User Guide for detailed procedures.

Q10: Can you make a custom high-temp color that’s not on your color card?

A: Each high-temp color is custom created from organic pigments through an exacting process by our chemists. Small quantities of high-temp colors cannot be “tinted” because it is not the same tinting systems that house paint stores use. Unfortunately, it is not economical to custom design specific high-temp colors for individual consumers in small quantities. The colors listed on our color card have been rigorously tested for high temperature resistance. Any new color created would have to go through the same process. Through testing we have found certain colors that do not meet these standards, like: Orange, Yellow, Blue/Green, Bright Red and Pink.

Q11: How do I prepare my stove before painting/repainting it?

A: Please see our User Guide.

Q12: Do I need to remove the rust on my stove before repainting it?

A: Yes, for best results you should remove all rust before painting. Any contaminant on the surface can create lack of adhesion when your stove reaches high temperatures. Wire brush or sand the rust off. In extreme cases it may be necessary to sandblast. See the User Guide for more information on surface preparation before painting.

Q13: What primer do I use before I paint my stove?

A: Stove Bright® high temperature paint is self-priming for use in normal indoor conditions. Only in very unusual circumstances (such as extremely high humidity or outdoor use) will a high-heat primer be needed. The following question, Q14, speaks to outdoor use and the need for high heat primer. NOTE: Regular metal primers are not designed to meet high heat demands and will flake and peel off above 200°F (approx), giving off noxious fumes.

Q14: Do you make BBQ paint?

A: Yes, we have developed our “BBQ Paint” specifically for outdoor BBQ’s. It is a self priming spray that has an epoxy additive to resist animal fat and vegetable oil. It is available in black (1A54H204). If you are looking for variety you can use any of our high-temp (1200°F) colors. You can spray them directly on properly prepared aluminum BBQ’s, (See User Guide). Steel BBQ’s require a high-temp primer (Stove Bright® #6306), which provides a durable base coat and rust resistance, prior to top coating with any of the Stove Bright® high temperature colors.

Q15: Do you make glossy paint for gas stove pipes?

A: We do. In addition to our standard Stove Bright® High Temperature Paint (1200°F), we make almost 50 paint colors in high gloss designed specifically for vent pipes of gas stoves with a porcelain finish. This is our “1A64E Series” Gas Vent Pipe Paint product line that will withstand temps of 250°F.

Q16: Do I need high-temp paint on the vent cover for my central air heating unit?

A: No. You can use high temp paint if you wish, but you do not need it. High-temp paint becomes very durable after it heat cures at around 600°F. Your vent cover will never get that hot, so you would be better advised to use our Gas Vent Pipe Paint, an epoxy or industrial enamel. These latter two are available through local hardware stores or paint centers.

Q17: Can I use your high-temp paint on my fireplace bricks?

A: Yes. You will need to remove any contaminants to make sure of good adhesion. Soot and other surface contaminants can be removed with soap and water – make sure all the soap is then removed and bricks are completely dry (allow 2-3 days). For more stubborn contaminants, it may be necessary to do a wipe down with lacquer thinner. Use caution with lacquer thinner. It is a solvent and concentrated fumes can impact your respiratory system. Ventilate work area well while using. You can paint immediately after solvent cleaning.  Please see the Painting Your Firebox Guide for detailed procedures.

Q18: Should I use high-temp paint on my steam radiator?

A: Probably not. It depends on how hot it gets. All paint has some heat tolerance. Many people use brush-on enamel (available in your local paint center) on steam-heat radiators because the gloss makes it easy to wipe clean. It is unlikely that your radiator will exceed the heat tolerance of enamel (around 200°F). Your local hearth products store should have a high-temp thermometer which will measure your operating temperature. Our 1200°F high temperature paints provide a flat finish (they withstand tremendously high temperatures but their lack of gloss tends to make them dust collectors). Our 250°F Gas Vent Pipe Paint (1A64E series) is very glossy and is available in aerosol cans.

Q19: Why are high-temp Almond and Sand more difficult to work with than darker high temperature colors?

A: Almond (6283) and Sand (6307) are light, flat colors which have more pigment than darker colors because they are frequently applied over black. It is important to achieve a uniform mix of components with these two colors because of the higher levels of pigmentation. If they are not thoroughly mixed by vigorous shaking for at least two minutes (a mechanical paint shaker is the best), they are likely to fail when subjected to high temperatures. They also require more particular attention in application than the darker colors. For a more thorough explanation, please see the Application Techniques section of our User Guide.

Q20: I ended up with the wrong shade of brown. Why wasn’t the cap color more accurate?

A: Our caps are made of plastic. We try very hard to match the available cap colors with the actual color of the high-temp aerosol paint, but sometimes it is just impossible. The metallic fleck in many of our high-temp aerosols adds another complication in the search for precise cap colors. It is best to look at the colors on our color card.

Q21: Is Stove Bright® high temperature paint flame resistant?

A: Yes. Stove Bright® High Temperature Paint products will withstand direct flame up to 1200°F and perform just fine. PROBLEM: Many fireboxes are constructed of materials (or coated with Aluminum for rust protection) which will not withstand direct flame of 1000°F. If the metal substrate fails, then Stove Bright® High Temperature Paint will not hold the deteriorating metal together and may appear to fail as it bubbles or flakes off the deteriorating metal.

Q22: Will your paint adhere to brass?

A: If there is a lacquer coating over the brass, you will need to sand it off. Also, you will need to rough-up the surface with medium grit sandpaper after removing the lacquer coating. High-temp paint should be applied to an extremely clean surface, so a wipe down with a white cloth dipped in lacquer thinner – after the sanding – will prepare the brass for repainting. It is not necessary to use a primer. You should be aware that high-temp paint will not be as shiny as the brass is now. Another point is that after the paint heat cures (see the Curing the Paint section of our User Guide.) it will be very durable, but until then, it will not have full durability.

Q23: Can I paint galvanized stove pipe?

A: Before applying any paint to galvanized piping, you should wipe it down with a weak acid to neutralize the zinc ions and clean the surface. If you have access to hydrochloric acid, use a very, very diluted solution (otherwise it will turn the pipe black!!). As an alternative, you can use a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar and water. After the pipe is dry, you can then apply our Stove Bright® high temperature paint.

Q24: Can I paint my fireplace screen?

A: It depends on the temperature the screen will be subjected to. All paint has some temperature resistance. Our Stove Bright® High Temperature Paint heat cures and becomes extremely durable with extended temperatures of 500°F (+/-). If temps at the screen are around 200°F, our “1A64E Series” Gas Vent Pipe Paint, epoxy spray or industrial enamel spray may work for you. You can always use our high-temp paint, but it may not attain maximum durability if generated temps are not very high.