How to Paint a Fire Pit

How to Paint a Fire Pit image by JMRosenfeld


Fire pits can be a lovely addition to any backyard, but they are exposed to a fair amount of sun, wind and precipitation. For this reason, they can look pretty weathered and beat-up in a short amount of time. But just because a fire pit is weathered does not mean it needs to be replaced. A coat or two of heat-resistant paint will have your fire pit looking like new in no time.

Step 1

Put some hot water and grease-cutting dish soap into the bucket.

Step 2

Thoroughly wash the fire pit, using the soapy solution and the scrub brush.

Step 3

Sand down any rust spots with the sandpaper.

Step 4

Put down newspaper or a drop cloth to protect your work area. Work outdoors to ensure proper ventilation.

Step 5

Spray a light coat of paint on the fire pit. A heavy coat of paint may run and drip.

Step 6

Allow the paint coat to dry for two hours.

Step 7

Spray another coat and allow to dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Heat-resistant paint (see tips section below)
  • Garden hose
  • Scrub brush
  • Dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Hot water
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Old newspaper or drop cloth


  • Heat-resistant paint
Keywords: paint, repaint, refinish, fire, pit, grill, fireplace

About this Author

Shelley Kishpaugh has written numerous articles for Demand Studios and Helium on a wide variety of topics, and she is currently writing a children's book. Kishpaugh received a B.S. in psychology from the University of Colorado and has been writing professionally since 2007.

Photo by: JMRosenfeld

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