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Radiator Paint
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Tom A    Posted 10-15-2003 at 04:50:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got an old steam heat system in the house, and I want to repaint some of the radiators. I seem to remember back when I was a kid that my folks bought special radiator paint for this because they said that regular wall paint would insulate too much. That seems to make sense, but I can't find anybody locally who has ever heard of radiator paint.

Do I mis-remember? If not, anybody know where to get some of this stuff?

thanks for any ideas!
Tom A

Ron/PA    Posted 10-15-2003 at 06:36:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom, what you are refering to is no longer available by that name, as far as I know. In days of old a good coat of LEAD BASED WALL PAINT would reduce the efficeincy of a radiator by as much as 8%, (Lead tends to put a real damper on thermal transferance) so back then they used a lead free paint. Now adays you don't have that worry, however the school of thought is that any coat of paint will cost at least 2%, brushed on paint may go 4% to 5% so spray painting is recommended, stripping the old paint is preferred, but not required for safety. However on multiple coats, each coat is considered to hamper transferance by at least 2% soooo 5 coats will cost you at least 10% of your heat availabity.
I always use the spray heat proof paint and go as light as I can get away with for a good look.

hay    Posted 10-15-2003 at 05:02:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
try your local radiator repair shop. they may sell some to you or refer you where you can get it. although i'm not sure i would want that because radiator paint is thinned with gasoline to make it dry fast. sure would not want that smell or fumes in the house. also you might try using special "stove black" paint. made specially for wood burning stoves and exhaust pipes and anything that gets very hot. it won't burn off like regular enamel paint. it would be available at your local hardware store.

Ron,Ar    Posted 10-15-2003 at 06:02:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a kid all ours were painted with an alunimun paint. It was the same stuff we used to use on metal head gaskets. I don't know where you can get it now.

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