The hearth in front of my newly retiled fireplace (which was described in a DIY blog) needs repainting to complete the job.

The hearth is made up of 6x6 ceramic tiles that have a well adhered coat of paint (or more likely several coats) over both the tiles and the grout. The surface is satin and has only a few small areas that have been worn through. There is no flaking.

I plan to wire brush any loose paint, sand lightly and wipe clean.

The Question: What type of paint is best to stand up to the scuffing of shoes, logs and fireplace tools, and to withstand a bit of heat (near the firebox edge) and the possible occasional flying cinder?

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I like the hardness of enamels. Oil based trim paint or the newer water borne oils are quite tough.

  • Any benefit to Porch and Deck enamel? Or epoxy? Heat issues with any of them?
    – bib
    Apr 4, 2014 at 17:59
  • Either should work. If the existing coat(s) show no sign of charring, you should be good. I would lean to an epoxy for both heat and wear, but the self cross linking resins in the water borne oils are tough.
    – HerrBag
    Apr 4, 2014 at 18:34

I have used a top coat of Parks Super Glaze in high traffic areas. It is shiny but it finishes off really nice and the stuff is really hard after a day or two. There are other similar products as this but I have not used them recently.

  • Will this work on a vertical surface?
    – HerrBag
    Apr 4, 2014 at 18:37
  • @HerrBag Yes. Just takes more time. Last time I used it, I did an end table and was too lazy to do all four sides separately.
    – DMoore
    Apr 4, 2014 at 18:41

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