Can I Paint a Radiator?

Whether the paint on your radiator is chipping and in need of a refresh or you simply want to change the color of the radiator, the good news is that you can paint your radiator!

Do I Need to Use a Special Paint on my Radiator?

While there are paints specifically made for radiators, you can use normal emulsion paint and even satinwood alternatives to paint your radiator. Keep in mind that lower cost or lower quality paints will chip and peel over time. We recommend a good quality emulsion paint to be used on your radiator. If you plan to use emulsion paint, be sure to finish off the paint job with a clear radiator overcoat.

What Paints Can I Use on My Radiator?

Specialist Radiator Paint

If you want to paint your radiator white, we highly recommend that you use a specialist radiator paint. This type of paint is less likely to yellow over time from the constant heating up and cooling down. This type of paint is also heat resistant and is available in a limited number of colors.

Radiator Overcoating

As we mentioned before, you can use a standard emulsion paint on your radiator, but you will need to cover it with clear radiator paint to protect the finish. This type of overcoating is heat resistant and will protect your paint from scuffs and bumps.

Solvent-Based Paints

These are another popular option for adding a pop of color to your radiator or other heated surfaces. Modern water-based paints can also get the job done and will not give off a smell when your radiator is turned on as solvent-based paints can. These paints are available in a wide range of colors to match your room.

Spray Paint

This is another option you can use on your radiator. There are a few brands of spray paint that are specifically formulated for use on radiators, but the colors are limited.

We recommend that you remove the radiator and spray paint it outside where you have proper ventilation. You can paint the radiator inside, but be sure to cover the wall, furniture, curtains, and other nearby items. You also need to wear a face mask and make sure the room is properly ventilated. Gloves should also be worn to prevent your hands from becoming stained.

Tips for Painting Your Radiator

Whether you are painting your radiator or the radiator pipes, make sure that the unit is shut off and cooled down before you begin the painting process. You also need to wash and dry off the radiator to prepare it for paint.

Apply a good quality primer on your radiator and ensure the room is well-ventilated. Depending on your painting method, you will need to cover furniture, carpets, or other items to prevent damage.

While painting, we recommend keeping a wet edge. This will help prevent unsightly brush marks in the paint. Let the first coat of paint dry fr at least 24 hours before you apply the second coat of paint.

When you have completed painting, be sure to leave the radiator off for a day to two before turning it back on. You may notice a smell for a few days, so be sure to keep the room ventilated.

Residential Painting Services in Pittsburgh

At MasterBrush Painting, we provide an array of residential painting services to help refresh your space. Contact us today to learn more!

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