How To Paint A Radiator
A fresh coat of paint on your radiator not only gives it a much-needed refresh, but can even breathe new life into your room. In this guide, we walk you through this simple yet transformative DIY project that promises a stunning outcome.
Essential Tools & Equipment
You will also need a bowl of warm soapy water to help clean your radiators.
Step 2: Turn Off the Radiator
Ensure the radiator is turned off to avoid any cracks or blisters in the paint.
If your heating was on and the radiators are warm, make sure they’re completely cool before you start.
Step 3: Clean the Radiator
Use a degreaser to loosen grease and grime from the surface
Follow up by wiping the radiator down with warm soapy water.
Step 4: Sand the Radiator
- Sand any lumps and bumps on the radiator, such as from previous coats of paint, using a coarse or medium grit sandpaper for bigger imperfections.
- Use a fine grit towards the end to make a completely smooth surface ready for painting.
- If the radiator is mostly smooth already, just use a fine grit sandpaper all over.
Step 5: Wipe Down the Radiator
Use a dry or lightly damp cloth to wipe down the radiator and remove any sandpaper particles before painting.
Step 6: Start Painting
Dip your paint brush into a radiator paint or multi-purpose paint in the colour of your choice, and lightly brush up and down the surface.
Make sure to paint in one direction to avoid streaky lines.
We recommend you paint the pipes too so you end up with a cohesive, nicely finished look.
Step 7: Apply Second Coat
- After the first coat has fully dried (check manufacturers recommendations for the drying time), lightly sand the radiator to remove any brush strokes and apply a second coat for complete coverage.
- A third coat might be necessary depending on the colour you started with and the colour you’re painting the radiator.