My fireplace's brick firebox is painted black and in need of some retouching. My local home improvement center recommended a spray paint intended for barbecues, and a specialty paint store recommended an acrylic product that didn't say anything about flame resistance. What kind of paint should I use?
—Martyn, Boston, MA
It's tough to get paint—even a high-temperature enamel—to withstand direct flame on the back of a firebox. Here's one solution to try: lightly wire brush the firebox, remove any soot and ash, and spray with high-temperature paint intended for barbecues. The paint may well scorch off where the flames touch it but the back of the firebox will look neater and cleaner than before.
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