|Re-blacking or polishing your fireplace surround|
Re-blacking your fireplace
If your fireplace surround has a black finish metal frame it will need retouching, re-blacking or re-painting about once a year.
Preparing the surface
A - Painted surface
If your fireplace was previously painted with an oil-based paint you need to first remove the paint .
B - Preparing polished, blacked or heat resistant painted surfaces
Remove loose rust, paint and dust with either a wire-brush attached to an angle-grinder, or a hand wire-brush.
Re-blacking of the fireplace-surroundFor a traditional finish apply stove black or grate polish with a brush.
Work the polish into all the grooves and leave on for 10 minutes.
Polish up with a brush and the finish will come to life, with a good shine to it.
The disadvantage of this finish is that it will always be a little bit black to the touch.
If you prefer a matt surface you can choose heat resistant high temperature paint.
Remember to cover up the surrounding area and keep to the directions written on the spray-can.
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