NY Good Questions: Can I Paint Slate?

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Dear AT,

I have a functional fireplace that is hulking and ugly, with funny Art Deco-ish carvings.

It’s made out of some kind of black slate-like material, but has been fixed over the years with white caulking (see picture 2).

Basically, it’s horrible and I want to paint it white to blend in with the walls.

Can I paint slate?…

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I am renting (from a landlord who welcomes repairs and updates) so I don’t want to throw at lot of money into it.

Thanks! Maggi

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