View Full Version : what kind of paint to use on smokers

barbeque nut
04-02-2013, 04:52 PM
hi, I would like to repaint my smokers, esp. the fireboxes. how do I prep the smokers and what kind of paint do I need? Thanks, barbeque nut

04-02-2013, 04:55 PM
High temp engine paint? The stuff you can buy at like autozone..ect..ect

Pyle's BBQ
04-02-2013, 04:57 PM
You need to remove as much rust as possible. Use a sand blaster if possible. There is high temp paint for grills. Also I have seen people use engine paint. This is available at your local auto parts store.

04-02-2013, 05:06 PM
Did one of mine using high temp manifold paint, it was rated higher than engine paint. Got it at the auto parts store.

04-02-2013, 05:32 PM
I've found high heat primer (up to 2000° F) @ Lowes. Any auto parts store should carry VHT brand high temp heat in a rattle can. Pay attention to the type of paint as there are different grades (engine up to 550° caliper between 650° and 900°, header paint which is up to 2000° (aka FLAMEPROOF)

04-02-2013, 05:35 PM
I took a different route

I bought Hi Temp BBQ paint from HD to touch up my offset

04-02-2013, 07:21 PM
WW Grainger sell 2000° Rustoleum engine spray paint.

04-02-2013, 07:27 PM
After proper prep, I spray on 4 coats of Rustoleum High Heat. Never have had any problems.

luke duke
04-03-2013, 08:19 AM
The really high temp paints need to be cured properly, which is difficult to do with a BBQ pit. Read the instructions before you buy anything.

04-03-2013, 08:30 AM
Dont use the paint inside where food will be. These paints are not food safe. Only use on exterior.

04-03-2013, 11:17 AM
PPG pit therm is excellent paint!!!!!!!!! 150$$$Gallon you get what you pay for. Do not paint the inside of the cooker season it properly and that will suffice!!!

04-03-2013, 11:42 AM
I did a bunch of pallet burns on my double drum build and that melted off all the original exterior paint, then I sprayed about 4 coats of the Home Deeps high heat BBQ black paint. The only crappy thing I've noticed is that it's been weeks since I painted it and it still leaves your hands black when you touch it. Maybe the engine paint is better.

04-03-2013, 11:54 AM
Most people just buy the rustoleum "high heat" http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=112&sid=7778830 stuff that everyone carries, but they make a better formula called "BBQ & Stove" http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=392&sid=249310

barbeque nut
04-04-2013, 12:36 AM
Thanks everybody for all your help-now I know what to look for. barbeque nut

04-04-2013, 07:30 AM
http://www.vhtpaint.com/index.jsp Tons of colors to choose from

Full Draw BBQ
04-04-2013, 08:43 AM
I constantly have a couple cans of the 2000 degree BBQ High Heat paint from Lowes on hand. any sign of rust on my fire box and it gets wire brushed, and touched up. Once a year, spring, I wire brush the entire firebox and put multiple coats back on to protect.

04-04-2013, 08:39 PM
I put the Rustoleum 1200 degree paint on my offset and it works great. And at Wal-Mart it's only $3.77 a can