Dumb Question re: Painting PelletVent Pro

J Bone

New Member
Jan 21, 2018
17
Washington
Hi guys,

I am just wondering what the experts on here think that the practical approach is to painting the PelletVent Pro exhaust system.

Honestly, we are buying the galvalume option (not painted black), and had just assumed that it would be used as is, without having to coat or paint it. I had always been under the impression that galvalume is relatively corrosion resistant and also doesn't take paint very well.

But then, in reading Duravent's installation manual for the PelletVent, they mention that they recommend painting for prolonged usable life.

So, do most people paint their pellet chimney system? Is it even worth painting?

I was considering using something like Rustoleum Clear Engine Enamel spray paint, but am not really sure if or how the galvalume should be prepped before painting.

Thanks for any help.
 

tazz

Member
Aug 17, 2013
39
western massachusetts
I'm getting ready to paint and install the same pipe, should be here Monday according to ups. I plan on painting the interior sections of the pipe black. I couldn't justify spending the extra money on the the black pipe seeing as it's a bit more expensive than I thought so I'll paint them. What I'm going to do is clean the pipe of any oil and such with denatured alcohol and a scotch brite pad then paint with stove paint. This has worked in the past for me so that's the way I'm going . As far as the outside pieces I don't know about using stove paint but I think what you listed should work
 
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johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
2,759
Eastern Ontario
I cleaned mine with vinegar( removes any oil ) and painted with BBQ Black
That was 18 years ago have never had to touch up
Just my 2 cents worth
 
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nailed_nailer

Minister of Fire
Oct 29, 2007
938
Cape Cod, Ma
I Painted the inside pipe black with Stove Bright high temp paint
Prep was to wipe it down with Acetone and let dry.
2 coats of the Stove Bright worked great.

Been 8 years and still looks good.
---Nailer---
 
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bogieb

Minister of Fire
Oct 31, 2014
2,792
South Central NH
I painted inside pipes for my main floor stove with High Temp Rustoleum and it has held up well. Didn't do anything to the outside pipe or the pipe for the basement stove.
 

bob bare

Minister of Fire
Oct 31, 2013
2,960
park county montana
Proper way-clean any possible oils off-paint thinner,soap and water,etc,then wipe down with an etching solution,vinegar works fine,then rinse,then paint.Hi temp paint is good.Stove paint is not,as outside of pipe rarely gets hot enough to "cure" the paint.Many have had good success just painting,with no prep.Should never sand,as the galvanized coating is very thin.
 

J Bone

New Member
Jan 21, 2018
17
Washington
Thanks for all the info.

I was under that impression that galvalume was relatively corrosion-resistant by itself - does anyone have any idea or expectation as to how long the exterior pipe would remain corrosion-free, if I did nothing to it? We live in a semi-dry climate.
 

Washed-Up

Burning Hunk
Nov 5, 2011
170
Kananaskis,Alberta, Canada
Thanks for all the info.

I was under that impression that galvalume was relatively corrosion-resistant by itself - does anyone have any idea or expectation as to how long the exterior pipe would remain corrosion-free, if I did nothing to it? We live in a semi-dry climate.
My Selkirk pipe is from 1989, its lived in the mountains with me and the prairies and had it has zero change to it.
 

rona

Minister of Fire
Apr 2, 2008
1,015
southwestern Minn
Hi guys,

I am just wondering what the experts on here think that the practical approach is to painting the PelletVent Pro exhaust system.

Honestly, we are buying the galvalume option (not painted black), and had just assumed that it would be used as is, without having to coat or paint it. I had always been under the impression that galvalume is relatively corrosion resistant and also doesn't take paint very well.

But then, in reading Duravent's installation manual for the PelletVent, they mention that they recommend painting for prolonged usable life.

So, do most people paint their pellet chimney system? Is it even worth painting?

I was considering using something like Rustoleum Clear Engine Enamel spray paint, but am not really sure if or how the galvalume should be prepped before painting.

Thanks for any help.
Ive been in painting business for 20 years and its easy to paint galvanizing. simply wipe the pipe with a rag soaked with vinegar. That will etch it so paint will stick. after that you don't need a primer Actually you don't need high temp paint either but it doesn't cost much more to get it. Then spray light coats to prevent runs.
 

J Bone

New Member
Jan 21, 2018
17
Washington
Ive been in painting business for 20 years and its easy to paint galvanizing. simply wipe the pipe with a rag soaked with vinegar. That will etch it so paint will stick. after that you don't need a primer Actually you don't need high temp paint either but it doesn't cost much more to get it. Then spray light coats to prevent runs.
Thanks for the info! What happens if you don't use the vinegar? Does the paint just peel off? I'm asking, and the reason I started this thread, is because I painted one of the pipes without knowing anything - it looks okay, but I'm assuming that the paint won't hold-up.
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
2,759
Eastern Ontario
you most likely will not have a problem
It's just that I was taught to remove assembly
oils from metal products before painting so it
has just become second nature to me
 

rona

Minister of Fire
Apr 2, 2008
1,015
southwestern Minn
Thanks for the info! What happens if you don't use the vinegar? Does the paint just peel off? I'm asking, and the reason I started this thread, is because I painted one of the pipes without knowing anything - it looks okay, but I'm assuming that the paint won't hold-up.
Sometimes it will come off and sometimes you get lucky. Doing this as a business paint peeling is a no no.
 
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