Many older homes still have cast iron radiators. Painting a radiator is an excellent way to get started as a do-it-yourself interior decorator with the colours of your choice. Whether or not they are functional, you can give them a quick new look with paint to make your radiators stand out. Metal resistance paints are within easy reach on the market for spray-painting your radiator. For more information, please contact our interior painting contractors.
Radiators can appear to be quite a task to color because they have a very small flat surface area, hidden crevices, and multiple curves and bumps. Here's a step-by-step guide to painting a radiator.
STEP 1: TURN OFF YOUR RADIATOR
The first step is to ensure that the radiator is entirely put off and at room temperature to touch it before painting. If the radiator seems to be warm, the paint emulsion may drip and cause the paint to blister. Also, make absolutely sure your room is open and well ventilated to allow for faster drying and to ensure that the paint smell does not cause any problems.
STEP 2: CLEAN THE SURFACE OF THE RADIATOR
The dust particles in the area around the radiator and beneath it must be cleaned because, while you might have not noticed, your radiator has accumulated a lot of filth, grease, and dust over the years. A few cleaning essentials like a vacuum, soft cloth, and mild cleanser will be sufficient. After cleaning your radiator, thoroughly dry it and begin the next step which is known to be sanding.
STEP 3: SAND THE RADIATOR
Sand all surface areas with grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth, level surface and to remove any surface debris, rough spots, bumps, or rust marks. This will aid in the adhesion of the paint.
STEP 4: ADD PRIMER TO THE RADIATOR
A metal primer protects any bare metal on your radiator by acting as a new coat of paint and providing a good, strong foundation for the remaining paint. To achieve an even finish on the exterior and surface, you could use a brush or a spray primer.
STEP 5: PAINT YOUR RADIATOR
Ascertain that the primer on the radiator is perfectly clean and dried and the room is properly ventilated. Paint the radiator's overall surfaces in a to and fro motion to achieve the desired colour, you can even add another layer of coating for a more desired look.
STEP 6: LET IT DRY FULLY
Before you turn your radiator back on, please ensure that the paint is thoroughly dried for at least 48-72 hours. The longer the better. Since heat is involved, you do not want the paint to start evaporating after switching on the radiator when the paint is not fully dried up.
Planning to paint your radiator? It’s always best to hire a Professional Painter in CT.