Are Stove Paint Brands Interchangeable?

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Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
1,013
Massachusetts
I'm doing some touch up work on my Osburn 1600 and it's a metallic black finish. I'm not looking to pull it and redo the whole thing right now...maybe in a few seasons...just redoing two spots, about 2-3 inch long narrow strips, to prevent any further rust damage. This is from burned on dog drool I didn't clean up in time so I anticipate it could be something I need to do every season or two. I plan to just hit it lightly with the steel wool then paint.

What's your experience with Stove Brite or Rustoleum high temp metallic black (things I can get locally) vs OEM SBI brand paint from their website? Not a huge $ difference but I'd rather not waste $ on shipping if there's no reason to.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
90,555
South Puget Sound, WA
One has to be careful, some paints are not compatible with Stove Brite which has an acetone base. The acetone will act as a solvent on lacquer-based paints that can cause the underlying paint to wrinkle badly. I had this happen when touching up some older Simpson DuraVent stove pipe. Simpson techs told me to use a high-temp Krylon lacquer instead. Now under DuraTech I think they may have switched to StoveBrite, but it's always good to ask. When in doubt, do a test spray on the back or other less visible area.
 

marty319

Feeling the Heat
Nov 17, 2014
388
Belair mb
I just gave my osburn a paint job with stovebrite mettalic. Have not fired it up yet but it matches the factory paint from sbi just fine
 

brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
6,564
NE Ohio
I repainted my Drolet 1400i with Stove Bright paint...some of the paint underneath started lifting almost immediately...took several "sand and touch up sessions" to get it all straightened away...but someone could have repainted with XYZ paint previously? Its been fine since...
 

marty319

Feeling the Heat
Nov 17, 2014
388
Belair mb
You are welcome
 

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webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,062
Indiana
I’ve painted dozens of stoves and probably about a mile of stove pipe with Stove Bright and never had an issue. Before you spray the work, You need to spray the paint at a piece of cardboard or something to clear the catalyst out of the pick up tube in the can. If not, it makes a big nasty spot in the paint that eats into the existing paint. I think that’s where people make the mistake.
 

Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
1,013
Massachusetts
I'm sure the Stove Brite would work fine as you guys have said but I decided to just get the SBI stuff. It was available and takes any guess work out.

Get that Isles crap out of here lol. Tight series tho could go either way!

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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
90,555
South Puget Sound, WA
I’ve painted dozens of stoves and probably about a mile of stove pipe with Stove Bright and never had an issue. Before you spray the work, You need to spray the paint at a piece of cardboard or something to clear the catalyst out of the pick up tube in the can. If not, it makes a big nasty spot in the paint that eats into the existing paint. I think that’s where people make the mistake.
That's not the issue when the paints are incompatible. Acetone is a powerful solvent that will dissolve a lacquer-based high temp paint underneath. Fortunately, these cases are not too common, but they are out there. When in doubt, do a test first.
 

Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
1,013
Massachusetts
I know I have two threads going but I'll keep that one specific to my project. Regarding paint in general, whats a good non-acetone based stove paint product? That would be worth knowing.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
90,555
South Puget Sound, WA
Thurmalox is another common stove paint, but it also has acetone in it.
 

Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
1,013
Massachusetts
I wonder if the concentrations are different though. Actually the guy mentioned Osburn used to use Thurmalox way back originally but said it's not available anymore.

Opinion of SBI customer service decreasing by the second.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
90,555
South Puget Sound, WA
Yes, I suspect that the formulas vary.

Maybe Thurmalox is not sold in Canada any more? Or maybe they let their Amazon accnt. expire?
Amazon product
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,062
Indiana
That's not the issue when the paints are incompatible. Acetone is a powerful solvent that will dissolve a lacquer-based high temp paint underneath. Fortunately, these cases are not too common, but they are out there. When in doubt, do a test first.
Well like I’ve said, I’ve never seen it happen. Hundreds of feet of different brands of pipe and all types of stoves. Almost everyday...
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
11,062
Indiana
I'm sure the Stove Brite would work fine as you guys have said but I decided to just get the SBI stuff. It was available and takes any guess work out.

Get that Isles crap out of here lol. Tight series tho could go either way!

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SBI doesn’t make paint, it’s just a rebranded can. Most likely stove bright. Most of the stoves we carry come with a card from stove bright with burn in directions. Blaze King changed a few
Years back though.