Various finishes of a cast iron radiator

Everything You Need to Know About How to Paint a Radiator Safely

When it comes to learning how to paint a radiator there are a few tricks to keep in mind.

Make sure you have the right kind of high-temperature paint. Also, make sure you have cleaned your radiator really well.

But what else should you do before embarking on this daunting task?

Read on if you’d like to learn more about radiator rejuvenation! We will get you started on the right track.

1. Find the Right Time To Paint

Summer is the ideal time to paint a radiator since the device will not be on and the metal will be cool.

Painting in summer also means you can open the windows in your home. This improved ventilation will keep you and your family safe as you attempt to restore your radiator.

2. Gather Your Supplies

First and foremost, make sure you purchase a new paint that does not contain lead.

Another thing to consider is purchasing a sprayer. This device will help control some of the overspray many spray paints can’t. Sprayers will make your job much easier to complete.

You’ll also want to have plenty of drop cloths, painter’s tape, and old cardboard or newspaper. Like any painting job, learning how to paint a radiator takes practice and mistakes may happen.

Save yourself some grief and keep your floors and walls safe.

3. Prepare Your Radiator

Make sure to clean and prime your surface.

When it comes to cleaning a radiator so you can paint it, make sure the surface is as dust-free and chemical-free as possible. Radiators have many nooks and crannies, making cleaning an annoying process.

Make sure you vacuum every inch of it. Dust bunnies or dirt will mess up any paint job.

Once you’ve dusted and wiped down every inch of your old radiator, consider washing it down with a trisodium phosphate based soap. This soap is very safe to use especially on a device that will eventually begin off-gassing once it’s turned on. Trisodium phosphate is sometimes called sugar soap and it was once found in most household soaps.

TSP will act as a degreasing agent which will ultimately help your new paint stick to your old radiator. It can be found at most hardware stores.

4. Paint Away

After cleaning your radiator it’s time to paint it. But first, make sure you have covered your workspace in drop cloths, cardboard and taped every edge and corner down.

Overspray is annoying and spray paints leave a fine dust that will be hard to clean.

Make sure you prime your radiator well. Primers can be any color and once you’ve sprayed it, make sure you let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Once your primer is dry, it’s time to put on the cover coat. Sprayers come in handy for this. They ensure an even coating over your entire radiator and also keep the overspray from becoming too troublesome.

Be sure to use a high heat paint that will not bubble or flake as your radiator warms.

Now You Know How to Paint a Radiator

Hopefully, this write-up has prepared you for taking on your radiator restoration.

In addition, check out why historic radiators are such great features for homes!

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