rusty fire pit

materials to refinish fire pit

Step 1: Clean

Begin by mixing up some warm soapy water and use your 3M pad to scrub off all the ash and dirt that's built up on the the fire pit, along with any loose paint. Make sure you get every surface. When you're done cleaning, rinse everything off and let it dry.

wash fire pit 

rinse fire pit

Step 2: Sand

Next, it's time to sand your fire pit. Sand the outside, inside, base, and wire frame. Sanding helps create a rough surface for the spray paint to stick to, this will also help remove anymore loose paint that got leftover from the cleaning step. This takes some elbow grease, but the results are quite satisfying.

sanding fire pit 

sanding top of fire pit

Step 3: Wipe down

Grab your gloves, take a clean cloth, and pour some of the denatured alcohol on it. Wipe off all surfaces and make sure the alcohol doesn't touch your skin. The alcohol removes the dust from sanding, any oils from your hands, or any other residue that would prevent the paint from adhering to the surface. Let the fire pit dry for 30 minutes.

wipe down fire pit

Step 4: Paint

Now it's time to paint.

We used Rust-Oleum's Ultra High Heat in Copper for the actual pit and Rust-Oleum's Ultra High Heat in Black for the the base and top; it's a rust-preventive enamel that provides the best protection for high heat surfaces. It withstands temperatures up to 1200 degrees, so it is ideal for BBQ grills, wood stoves, radiators, fire pits, fireplace screens, automotive parts and more.

Spread out your plastic drop cloth, place each piece on the plastic (with enough space so you won't cross contaminate colors), and start. Shake each paint can for 1-2 minutes. Then spray back and fourth 12-16 inches away from the surface, or as directed on the can. Alternate between the pit, the wire top, and the base. Allow a few minutes of drying time between each coat. We did three coats, but you can do more or less depending on your preference. Allow your pit to dry for a couple hours before using it.

painting fire pit

painting top of fire pit

painting fire pit stand

Step 5: Enjoy!

It's time to get back to evenings of roasting marshmallows, sunset watching, and crackling fires. Enjoy!

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