posted on June 21, 2012 08:36
Paint a Radiator
You are now getting ready to repaint a radiator in your house. There are different ways to prep the surface and apply the paint realizing that adhesion is a function of surface preparation. Some might want to take the radiator out of the home and have it professionally sand blasted which might be needed to promote adhesion and if there are multiple coats of paint already on the radiator. The other reason to sandblast the surface is because the radiator has a factory applied paint already on that cannot be removed by mechanically grinding or sanding the existing surface. If sandblasting is not an option, sand all the existing paint that will come off and create a rough surface so the paint has something to stick to or “bite into”. Painting a radiator can be time consuming, messy and also difficult while surface preparation is important, choosing the paint, color and application method needs to be considered.
After removing the loose paint, grime, dust, oil or other surface contaminants getting down to bare metal, choose a color that is available in aerosol cans or quarts and states the paint is heat resistant. One or two light coats are needed as per the instructions on the back of the can or per the paint manufacturer’s instructions. Since this paint is usually a solvent based paint, china bristle brushes should be used which usually have a wooden handle. Open windows and provide proper ventilation during application and drying. Choosing a color can be very easy from a paint manufacturer who offers multiple colors for radiators. Most like to match the décor of the room the radiator is located in. Also keep in mind that if you are painting the radiator that is in place, mask off where you don’t want the paint to stick to in case of drips or overspray.
High Heat or High temperature paint is designed to protect and renew metal surfaces such as radiators. There are not many choices when it comes to availability of multiple colors. High Quality radiator paint is heat resistant, will not crack chip or peel and provide color stability and retention. This paint is also ideal for bbq grills, pits, wood stoves, fire pits, auto parts such as engines, exhausts and more.
Be cautious to online articles, blogs that discuss how to paint a radiator. Some suggest the use of soap and water to clean up, zinc primers, oil based primers, paint and chemical strippers, linseed oil paint, deglossers. These items should not be used and should not be recommended while prepping and painting a radiator. Contact the radiator paint manufacturer and ask for their technical department for assistance on surface preparation, application and dry times.
For more information on how to paint a radiator, contact the Dampney Paint Company directly www.radiatorpaint.net