How to Paint a Radiator

Last updated: September 18, 2013

How to Paint a Radiator

How to Paint a Radiator

Please note: Our ‘How-To’ manuals are intended only as a guide to assist you with common home heating tasks. Please do not attempt to undertake this task if any of the instructions are unclear, or if you are in any doubt about what to do. Instead, seek advice from a professional.

What You Will Need:

  • Cloth
  • Dust sheet
  • Heat-resistant paint
  • Paintbrushes

Step 1

Let the radiator cool. Turn off the central heating and ensure the radiator is cold to the touch before you start to paint.

Step 2

Clean the radiator. Using a damp cloth, clean the radiator to remove any dust particles or debris which may affect the finish of your paint.

Step 3

Lay a dust sheet. Put the sheet on the floor surrounding the radiator to avoid paint drips and spills on the carpet.

Step 4

Paint the radiator in vertical strokes until the whole surface is covered. Use the best paint brush you can afford and ensure that the paint you are using is heat resistant. Failure to use heat resistant paint may result in peeling and affect the look of the radiator.

Step 5

Allow the radiator to dry completely, ensuring it is dry to the touch.

Step 6

Once the radiator is completely dry, check the appearance and decided if it needs another coat. If the answer is yes, then repeat these five steps until you are satisfied with the appearance.