What paint I use to paint behind wood burners and fireplace surrounds?

Date published: 23/10/2018

As summer turns to autumn, we are all thinking about keeping warm and lighting fires. So one of the questions we are frequently asked at this time of year is what paint I use to paint behind wood burners and fireplace surrounds?

It’s a good question, as many paints aren’t up to the job – they can easily discolour and flake as they aren’t able to withstand such high temperatures.

Earthborn Claypaint has a high clay content and is free from acrylics and oils, meaning it can withstand very high temperatures without affecting the finish. Its flat matt finish also complements the soft glow of a fire and adds to the cosy feel of the space.

If you’re thinking of painting around your fireplace, Spring, Summer or Autumn are the best times of year to do this job, as the fire is less likely to be in use.

First of all, the area needs a thorough clean, be sure that all soot and dust are swept and vacuumed and use a stiff wire brush to remove buildup from any crevices in brickwork. If the area you’re planning to paint is bare or new plastered, smooth out any lumps with a medium sandpaper.

Protect the stove or fireplace itself using sheets.

When the area is ready for painting, dilute the first coat of Claypaint with around 1-2 parts water to 8-9 parts paint. This is especially important on porous surfaces like brick or plaster. Allow the paint to thoroughly dry overnight before lighting your fire.

See our full range of colours in clay paint here on our webpage


And if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 01874 611 350 or email tymawr@lime.org.uk