How to repaint a chiminea and freshen it up?

repainting your chiminea

Our large collection of stunning chimineas come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and colours. They’re perfect for outdoor entertainment even when the weather’s cold. Clay chimineas made in Mexico are the best of the bunch. The design has ben developed and honed over hundreds, maybe thousands of years and they’re loved for their especially good draw through the mouth, which burns clean and hot.

Over time, your clay chiminea will fade and wear to give you a lovely natural patina. Many people love the subtle look that makes the chim blend into the surroundings like a familiar old friend. But some people prefer that brand spanking new appearance. Can you maintain that new clay chiminea look? In a word, yes, you can keep your chiminea looking smart and new by simply repainting it. Here’s our simple guide to seal and repaint a chiminea.

How to repaint a chiminea

You’ve had your chiminea for a while and it’s more shabby than chic. You prefer the new look to the aged patina, so you opt for a repaint. Your first tip is to check the maker’s instructions. Gardeco chimineas, for example, are made from unique clay called Chimalin AFC, cleverly designed to resist cracking, even at high temperatures. They also deal with heat shock very well, so come with a five year guarantee.

If the chiminea you’re repainting isn’t by Gardeco, it’s time to get busy with a special sealant. Thompson water sealant for stone is ideal. Alternatively you could use a product called Chimseal, from a company called La Hacienda, specifically designed with clay chimineas in mind. Both products create a clever breathable membrane that lets water vapour in the clay safely evaporate, also protecting your clay chim from water penetration and water damage.

Instructions to repaint a chiminea in 10 steps

  1. Find a clean, dry, flat surface on which to do the job, a place where you can walk all the way around the chiminea without having to move it when the sealant and paint are wet
  2. Use a dust sheet to protect the ground and the chim bottom
  3. Clean the chim thoroughly so there’s no ash left inside and the outside surface is clean and smooth. Brush it with a dry brush rather than get it wet. You can’t paint until the clay is 100% totally dry
  4. Test-paint a small area somewhere discreet, and leave it for 24 hours to check the finish is exactly what you want
  5. If all is well, go ahead and paint the outside surface of the chiminea with sealant
  6. Wait until it’s completely dry then add another coat
  7. Wait at least 48 hours for the sealant to dry out fully
  8. Light a small fire – small being the operative word – to help dry the sealant and seal the finish
  9. You can leave it simply sealed, or add colour. La Hacienda says you should always use a heat resistant paint, Gardeco says you can use ordinary house paint applied with a sponge or paintbrush over the sealant to add extra colour – and that means you can have enormous fun decorating your chim if you like, or even letting the kids do it!
  10. Now you’re done, don’t forget to cover your chim to keep the weather off – it’ll last even longer when cared for properly