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11:29AM | 01/02/02
Member Since: 02/26/01
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The radiators (water) in my 1937 home were all painted by the previous/original owners. We are now painting all the rooms and want to know if it is OK to use a standard latex room paint to paint the radiators (over a good coat of primer, of course)? If so, can they be painted while in operation? And if they can’t be painted with standard latex room paint, what is the suggested paint? I read the labels from the various paint cans but that didn’t shed any light on the issue. (I would hate to paint all the radiators only to have a problem in a month or so.)

Thanks for any insight anyone has.


03:19AM | 01/03/02
Member Since: 02/26/01
35 lifetime posts
Thanks for the informative reply. You have saved me a lot of headache (and proably heartache). My radiators are hot water but it seems that most of your post still applies. Unfortunately, stripping isn't much of an option because I really want to avoid removing the radiators at this point and I don't believe they have ever been removed for cleaning/repair, etc. (judging by the paint around the fittings). Based upon what you said and the age of the house and the fact that the last time the radiators were painted was probably more than 25 years ago, I believe they have a standard oil-based house paint (probably with lead).

Given all that, it seems that my option are to 1) use an oil based paint and have it tinted the same color as the latex wall paint (or whatever the decorating boss/wife wants!), or 2) spray with a heat resistant spray paint. Do you have any suggestions or input as to which option I should take?

Thanks again and I apologize for the long post but I have never painted radiators and I want to get this right.

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