Once the sun has gone down, the chiminea can keep your home warm and cozy.
However, time takes its toll on the chiminea as it can wear down and start to corrode.
But instead of replacing it, you can simply repaint the surface with a heat resistant paint.
When its about picking the right paint for chiminea, you will need to use a paint that is best suited for stoves, ovens, and BBQs.
One such paint that I found useful is Rust-Oleum Stove & BBQ Spray Paint which is heat-resistant, ultra-tough and quick at drying.
Such paints can cover surfaces while resisting the effects of the heat.
This means that you can easily clean the surface of your clay chiminea, so that it will last for many years of use with a little cleaning and maintenance.
How to Paint a Chiminea?
To properly paint your chiminea, you will have to go through a few steps.
The first is obtaining the right type of heat resistant paint to ensure protection for a long time.
You can choose from several different colors which will add to the décor of the porch or location where the chiminea is placed.
Step 1 – Wash & Clean
You will need to thoroughly wash and clean you chiminea both inside and out.
A simple cleaning detergent combined with water and a sponge should do the trick.
You may want to use a brush first to clean away the loose debris before applying the detergent and water.
Step 2 – Sand
Use 80-grit sandpaper and run it across the chiminea. By sanding all the areas that you are going to paint, it helps the paint to stick to the surface.
Plus, it gets rid of any debris that has bonded with the metal surface. The goal is to smooth out the surface completely.
Step 3 – Drop Cloths
Place drop cloths on the floor around the chiminea so that they catch all the drips.
Primer: A primer that is brushed or sprayed-on will work. This assumes that the primer is heat resistant as well.
Spray-on primers are quick and easy, so you may be included to use them.
Step 4 – Seal
Make sure the primer covers the entire area that is to be painted.
A primer will seal the surface which not only allows the paint to stick better, but it also prevents moisture from coming up from the surface to peel away the paint.
Step 5 – Paint
Once you have applied the primer, it’s time to add the heat resistant paint.
One coat is generally enough. Be sure to paint the surface evenly and let it dry thoroughly. Check it and see if another coat of paint is needed.
Step 6 – Clear Coat Sealer
Once the paint is dry, add a coat of clear sealer which will make the chiminea easier to clean.
When to Use Chiminea Again After Painting?
Once the chiminea is completely dry, you can use it again. Between uses, it is recommended that you cover the chiminea to protect it from the elements.
As long as the flames are contained inside the bowl, the paint on the clay chiminea will last for a long time.
You can help the process by purchasing or creating firewood that is roughly one foot or slightly less in length.
You can even find such wood in many hardware or home improvement stores.
Avoid using water to put out the flames. Instead, use a fire poker to turn over the sand and bury the embers. This will effectively put the flames out.
Maintenance Tips for Chiminea to Keep It In Good Condition
The paint will protect the chiminea, but you will need to do a little maintenance from time to time.
Before using your chiminea for the season, wash it with mild dish soap, rinse with water, and let it dry.
Remove the ashes and sand regularly and wash the chiminea when needed.
When not in use, cover the chiminea and bring it inside if possible. You should get some assistance and use a cart as the chiminea is fragile despite its weight.
Moving it carefully inside and then outside for the season will protect it from the elements.
A little care will help your chiminea last for a long time.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls. He had worked as a painter for more than a decade to serve the customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques that are being implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.