So do I have to prime it or just paint it by brush with radiator enamel or
aerosol for a nicer finish ?
I always use white car undercoat aerosol on them. The stuff that is a
bit like enamel paint. Seems nearest to the original finish and easy
to apply with masking.
With aerosols I would add that you start spraying 3-4 inches before
making contact with the target surface. Also, work left to right on the
first pass, release spray after passing target surface then repeat in the
Do not try to cover it in one go, give it 2-3 coats to avoid 'runs'.
The man who smiles when things go wrong
has thought of someone to blame it on.
Perhaps I am unusual, but I have had very good results from ordinary white
One radiator that I did spray with something (years ago) - yellowed and
I always remove the radiator and lay it flat to paint it. The difficult bit
is resisting putting it back too soon and getting hand prints on the paint.
You can paint them with anything, car paints, model enamels, household
gloss or even emulsion. emulsion's the worst, it darkens in time and
doesnt clean well. Oil gloss is better but a lot weaker than the other
2. I'd go with car spray or an enamel.
Personally, I hate painted radiators, particularly painted the original
colour which is pointless. The finish never comes close to the
manufacturer's original. I would certainly consider replacing a radiator
that was in need of decorating (and just did one for my parents, although
in that case we really couldn't work out why it wasn't spewing water
everywhere given how rust it had got).
There are a few things which always puzzle me about decorators...
1) Why do they always paint radiators (as per my gripe above)?
2) Why is that they can make a superb job of painting straight line
boundaries along skirting and architrave, and even between walls which
are different colours, but are totally incapable of avoiding leaving
paintbrush dabs all over the sides and faces of switches and sockets?
3) Seeing how they won't remove switches and sockets, how is it that
they manage to carefully paint the screw threads of every ceiling rose
so you can only ever open it again with a hammer?
"The Gasman Cometh" is now playing in my head...
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If its bare metal prime it, for best finish spray it
Be thankful you didn't move into a house where the ceilings had been Artexed
without taking the trouble to remove and refit the ceiling roses.
We can't even see the join between the base and the cover.
No plan survives contact with the enemy.
Helmuth von Moltke the Elder