Oven Painting Made Easy

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The enamel paint on most ovens is pretty sturdy. The baked-on factory finish keeps it glistening and bright. With regular, normal use, it likely won’t fade, chip or stain. However, there may be different occasions, and under certain conditions, where the paint on the oven will chip and even wash away.

You should always make sure that you’re using a recommended topical cleanser with your oven. Using a generic, over-the-counter cleanser may contain a harsh ingredient that’s not compatible with your oven unit. These cleansers can scratch the enamel finish, causing it to lift and separate from the oven’s surface. When or not this happens, you may consider repainting that finish back onto your oven.

The oven’s finish cannot necessarily be replicated, but you can paint over the surface, giving it the same glossy finish look it had when it left the factory. For your stove, be sure to use heat-resistant epoxy enamel paint, and match it as close to the original paint color as you can. Also be aware that you can only paint the outside of exterior of the stove and not the interior, as there is no consumer food-safe paint that’s suitable for a heated stove.

If you’re working with a gas stove, be sure to turn off the gas valve first. If you’re working on an electric unit, unplug it and move it away from the wall. You should also lightly clean away any grease and food particles away from the area where you’re working. Use a mixture of warm, soapy dishwater without any added chemicals.

With proper ventilation going through the room where you’re working, be sure to tape off and cover any parts of the stove that you’re not going to paint. Be sure to include handles, grates or liners as well.

Spray the work area with a primer, moving the can back and forth in short, even bursts so that your coverage is flat. After you’ve allowed the primer to sufficiently dry, check to make sure the area is complete. You may need to apply a second coat if necessary.

After the primer looks good and is completely dried, spray the enamel onto the stove, starting at least 12 inches from the surface. Spray the paint in short bursts, just as you did the primer, so you get even coverage and also to minimise dripping. Also like the primer, let the enamel dry and check to see if you need a second coat.

After everything is completely dry and satisfactory, remove the tape from the stove, replace the grates and plug it back in. You are now ready to use your newly painted and refinished oven.