Give your brass fireplace doors an updated look by painting them.
Step 1: Materials
- Painters Tape
- Fine Grit Sandpaper
- Palm Sander (optional)
- Rustoleum High Heat Spray Paint
- Drop cloth
- Work Gloves
Step 2: Preparation
Remove fireplace doors by unfastening four screws in each inside corner. Mine had thumbscrews, so it was easy to do without any tools. Cut out newspaper rectangles that are slightly smaller than each glass panel (Eight total for both sides). Cover each glass panel with the newspaper and painters tape as tight to the metal frame as possible. Picture is of the back side. Note, there may be some insulation that should carefully be removed and set aside.
Step 3: Sanding
Use fine grit sandpaper to remove the glossy coating on the brass as well as roughen up the metal finish in order to provide a surface that the paint will bond to. A palm sander will make this step easier/faster, but you can do this by hand. Picture shows a side-by-side comparison of the dull sanded surface next to the original finish.
Step 4: Painting
Set the doors in a well ventilated area with doors propped open. This will expose more of the door edges, hinges, etc.
Step 5: Painting (cont'd)
Follow the Rustoleum spray paint directions. Make sure to paint all exposed surfaces (think about surfaces that will be seen when doors are opened and closed). This will take several passes/coats. You'll need to wait about an hour in between coats.
Step 6: Re-install Fireplace Doors
Replace/re-insert any insulation that was removed and re-fasten the fireplace doors to the fireplace.
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