Smoker Paint: Tired of Black: What's Good Paint?

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May 18, 2008
East Ohio, Uhrichsville, Ohio
I have two more smokers bout done on my CAD. I've been using Wallymarts Grill Black paint to paint my smokers. I have been using this cause actually I've tested others and it outlasts all the others. I spice up my meats that go into these smokers, now I'd like to spice up these smokers by painting them different colors. I know there are high-temp auto paints out there but do these work? I don't want any unusual smells coming off my smokers. I don't paint the inside. Before I sell these I season them. I crank them up to around 550 - 600 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes and I do this 3 times. This also lets me check for leaks and warpage if it should accur. Another reason is you don't know what it's goin to go through if someone don't know what they are doin and over load it. I just want to make sure it's goin to take a beating and keep on ticking.
Thanx gang,

I don't know why any of the automotive high temps paints wouldn't work. Hi temp is high temp. I would go with chevy orange
Hey Ray -- I am pretty sure I read here somewhere that auto engine paint works. Which would make sense as an engine gets pretty toasty.

Paint one brown and orange!
That's a great idea. I will do one like that but where I live, Pittsburg is the same distance as Cleveland from me. So I would have to do one of each. (not that I really care to do a Steelers)

at the auto stores they have exsaust header paint gun metal grey. pretty cool stuff. has ceramic in it. they also have other colors that will stand up to the heat.
Like you said high temp is high temp ain't it. So why wouldn't a engine paint work well. Heck whats the worst thing that could happen is it start to flake and then you have to re-do it again.
I know BBQ Engineer recently finished building a beautiful smoker that he painted mostly red, tried to find the link but not sure where it is.
Fleet farm has all kinds of high temp engine enamel but it is only good up to around 550 degrees which should be fine. They had about 10-12 colors to pick from. I wish I would have got that instead of the high temp engine hedder paint that I got. Mine is good up to 1500 degrees but it rubs off when you touch it and its a dull looking paint and you only have three colors to chose from. This summer I am going to paint over my existing black dull looking paint with some cool colors.
This UDS was done with high temp engine paint. The 500* stuff:

Was supposed to be Eagles colors, but this was the best match I could get. Would have been better to sub black for the gray, but you get the idea.

My other UDS used black, chevy orange and white.....the 1200 degree stuff. It's going on a year now with no problems.

These paints do get expensive.
I took DDave's tip and went with Duplicolor high temp engine paint.
There are many colors to choose from and is only $5.49 a can.

This is my UDS lid, 3 coats of Chevy Orange and 2 coats of clear.
Did a very hot seasoning and held up great!
PM sent.

Like in the first thread that Wutang linked to, it was Duplicolor High Heat Engine Enamel. It has held up great.

Had a bit of grease build up on the expando that I sometimes use as a middle shelf and wanted to burn it off. So I lit a chimney full of charcoal, dumped it in the charcoal basket and set the shelf on top of it inside the drum with the intakes wide open.. Flames got out of control IN A HURRY and I had to put the lid on.
I have no idea what the temp in the center was but the Teltru thermo on the side was reading over 400°. If I had to guess I would say it was easily 500+ in the center. The drum was SCREAMING hot. I could barely touch it.

The only thing it did was make the paint a little darker on the bottom third right about where the hottest part of the fire was.

That stuff holds up pretty well.

Ya Ray like they all have said-theres alot of high heats that will work,as far as color I think I gonna make mine look like the AZ flag. (grin) is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.