How to Paint an Enamel Stove

By Mona Culberson

Save money on labor costs or new appliances by painting an enamel stove yourself. You can give a stove a quick facelift, eliminating the need to purchase a new one. Prepare the stove before painting to ensure proper paint adhesion. Spray-paint the stove with an appliance paint that is manufactured specifically for high-heat surfaces. Put a bit of extra creativity into this DIY project and easily transform an enamel stove into a designer piece.

List of Items Needed

  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Painters plastic
  • Painters tape
  • Oscillating tool
  • Hook and loop pad accessory
  • 240-grit sandpaper accessory
  • Sanding block
  • Spray primer
  • Appliance spray paint
  • Paint thinner
  1. Unplug the power cord to the stove. Turn off the gas if the stove is gas powered.

  2. Remove all knobs and handles from the stove. Clean the hardware and the body of the stove using a degreaser. Paint will not adhere to grease or oil.

  3. Cover the floor around the stove with painter's plastic to catch paint spills or drips. Tape the plastic to the floor.

  4. Sand any rusty areas of the stove using an oscillating tool equipped with a hook and loop pad accessory and fitted with 240-grit sandpaper or manually sand the stove using a sanding block. Wipe the sanding dust from the stove.

  5. Apply painters tape to all areas of the stove that you do not want painted. Apply masking paper to the burners or glass areas and secure with tape.

  6. Shake a can of primer for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. Apply a light coat of primer to the stove. Allow the primer to dry and follow with a second coat.

  7. Shake the can of spray paint for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. Continue to shake the can frequently during use. Hold the spray-paint can 12 to 15 inches away from the stove and spray a light coat of paint to the stove using steady, sweeping strokes. Allow the paint to dry for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer and apply a second coat. Allow the paint to dry.

  8. Remove all tape and plastic and replace all knobs and handles to the stove.

Tips and Warnings

  • Cover all cabinets, counters and other appliances to avoid over spray or move the stove to a suitable area when painting.
  • Paint contains fumes; ventilate the area well.
  • Wear safety glasses when operating power tools.
  • Wear a respirator to avoid inhaling the paint fumes.

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