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How to Paint Your Radiator

If your radiator has seen better days, you shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that it needs to be replaced. Instead, you could simply spruce it up a little by giving it a lick of paint. Here’s how you can get your radiator to look as good as new.

The Preparation

There are a few steps that need to be followed before rushing into the job, paintbrush in hand. First, you should make sure that it is cold and that there is no chance it will come on during the process of painting it. Remove it from the wall if possible to ensure that you can reach all those tricky areas. If you are unable to do so, ensure that all nearby no chance it will come on during the process of painting it. Remove it from the wall if possible to ensure that you can reach all those tricky areas. If you are unable to do so, ensure that all nearby surfaces are covered to remove the risk of paint spills.

Next, you need to give it a thorough wipe-down to ensure that any built-up dust is removed. You should then use fine sandpaper to treat any rough spots before wiping down again to remove the residue. Once the area is clean and dry, use a primer to create a smooth base for the paint to stick to.

Which Type of Paint?

Specialist radiator paints are always the top choice, especially if you are painting your radiator white, but you can also use a solvent-based paint for a wider range of colour options. A standard paint brush may do the job on a panel radiator, but for column radiators, such as those available from Apollo Radiators, you may want to invest in an angled brush to cover the hard to reach areas.

Spray paint is a quick option, yet it does come with its risks. Ideally, it should be done outside, but if you are painting indoors you must make sure that everything in the vicinity is covered extremely well to prevent the spraydoes come with its risks. Ideally, it should be done outside, but if you are painting indoors you must make sure that everything in the vicinity is covered extremely well to prevent the spray hitting other areas. Open all windows and doors and wear a face mask to keep the process as safe as possible. There are many types of mask available, so ensure you have the right one for the job.

The final step is adding one or two coats of top coat to protect your paint job. Ensure that the paint is completely dry and only add a small amount to prevent it from dripping. Leave to dry and enjoy your new radiators.

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