Paint an Interior Brick Fireplace
Ron, the residential painter, wants to paint an interior brick fireplace. What is the process?
- Use a vacuum to clean the outside and around the fireplace
- Loose paint needs to be scraped or wire brushed.
- Areas with soot and heavily soiled areas must be cleaned with soap and water.
- Rinse thoroughly and let dry.
- If there are any holes, repair with an exterior spackle.
- Cracks should be filled with a paintable caulk or exterior spackle.
Caution! Things to consider
- Do not paint the interior of the fireplace. Direct falmes can reach 1200° and most paints cannot withstand these temperatures.
- If, due to an uneven textured surface, all of the smoke and soot deposits cannot be removed, prime affected areas with Z-Prime, available at Rodda Paint stores.
- Soot will tend to build up quicker on white / off white colors as well as flat finishes.