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painting radiators

Posted by laurielou177 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 11, 11 at 9:19

Anyone have tips for painting radiators? We have a rusty one that's been in our garage since we moved in 16 years ago, and we want to swap it with one that is currently in the house.Have had varying advice on how best to prep and paint it and what kind of paint to put on so it stays on and doesn't react when the heating season starts.


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RE: painting radiators

Preparation is clean and dull. If you follow the manufacturer's prep directions, you will be successful.

The Alkyd IronClad by BM is a very good paint for metal. It is self-priming and durable and will tolerate the 180-200 degree temp.

If the existing radiator is gloss enamel, it's best to use a degloss agent after scraping, sanding and cleaning it. Some radiators have hard to reach areas and grooves. That is where the peeling and flaking begins because those areas are not prepped.

Expect some gassing off odors during and for a few days after initial start-up.


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