Prep and Paint
Turn off the radiator you want to paint. This can either be done at the radiator through your thermostatic valve or by turning your boiler off, then wait until the radiator is cold as this will help prevent the paint from bubbling once application has begun.
Lay down the dust sheets and make sure they cover the area below the radiator to protect the surrounding floor or walls from any paint spills or splashes.
Before you begin to paint, you need to clean the radiator thoroughly to ensure that there is no dust particles or dirt on the radiator. As this will effect the final finish of the radiator. To clean use a damp cloth to ensure that that all the dust is removed and you can also use a grease remover to ensure there is no residue is left on the radiator and finally wait to dry before painting.
You can now begin the painting process. Now that you are ready to paint the radiator start by painting the radiator ensure that the paint is the correct colour you want by trying it on a small insignificant place on the radiator, then begin to paint in vertical strokes ensuring that the whole area of the radiator is covered. Apply plenty of paint to the radiator and ensure you do not leave brush marks.
Wait for the radiator to dry. When drying the radiator do not turn on the radiator in the hope that it will dry faster as this will cause the paint to bubble. If the paint bubbles the process would have to begin again however you would have to sand the paint on the radiator down to ensure the bubbles have gone and the radiator has an even flat finish.
Once the Radiator has dried. Ensure that the whole radiator has an even finish and that the radiator has no bubbles or patches. You can now do one of two things. Number one sit back have a cup of tea and admire your handy work or two give it another coat of paint then sit back have a cup of tea and admire your handy work.
Things You Will Need
- Paint brush
- heat-resistant paint (use of any other paints will cause pealing)
- cloth + grease remover
- dust sheets