How to Paint Radiators and Vents | Ricciardi Brothers

How to Paint Radiators and Vents

April 30, 2021 2 min read

How to Paint Radiators and Vents

Painting a hot radiator can affect the quality of the paint finish, so make sure that the radiator is turned off and completely cooled down before you start painting.

  • Use a soft cloth and mild detergent to remove any dust and dirt from the radiator. You will want to use a wire brush to remove any loose rust on the radiator. These areas should be primed with a latex rust inhibitor primer like Benjamin Moore's Acrylic Metal Primer.
  • Although you can use a Hi Heat coating to paint the radiators, it will limit your color choice. Most premium quality interior latex paint will withstand a temperature up to 180° F, so you can use the same paint that you used on the walls or trim. Painting a radiator the same color as the wall will help it blend in with the wall.

Preparation

  1. Begin by placing drop cloths under and next to the radiator to protect the floor.
  2. Replace old, cracked caulk by filling the cracks with new, premium-quality caulk before you start priming.
  3. Next, use a soft cloth and mild detergent to remove any dust and dirt from the radiator.
  4. Use a wire brush to remove any loose rust.
  5. Rusted areas should be primed with a latex rust inhibitor primer, such as Benjamin Moore's Acrylic Metal Primer.

 

Painting the Radiator

  1. Generally, a brush is the best application tool but depending on the size and style of the radiator you may also be able to use a small slim-jim roller along with a brush.
  2. Start by painting at the top, working your way to the bottom.
  3. Don’t paint the valves, as that could make them difficult to open.
  4. Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours before turning the heat back on.

 

For best results, ALWAYS READ THE PAINT CAN LABEL. Professionals read the paint can labels to get the paint manufacturers’ most up-to-date information and instructions on the use of each specific paint. Every paint is different, and the labels provide important information, such as the average coverage area per gallon, drying times, number of coats needed, and surface preparation requirements. The labels also give specific safety information that should be carefully adhered to.

 

Downloadable PDF: How to paint radiators and vents 



Also in Our Blog

6 Ways to Give Your Home a Mini-Makeover Before The Holidays
6 Ways to Give Your Home a Mini-Makeover Before The Holidays

November 01, 2022 4 min read

The best way to get in the holiday spirit is to start making your home feel merry and bright. There are many ways to completely transform the look of your home without going overboard, and here are just a few.
Read More
Benjamin Moore 2023 Color of the Year palette available at Ricciardi Brothers
2023 Color Trends Turn Heads

October 13, 2022 2 min read

Discover the eight exceptional hues each selected for their distinct presence and personality, all of them sure to push creative buttons and design boundaries while inspiring greater color confidence.
Read More
Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2023: Raspberry Blush 2008-30
Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2023: Raspberry Blush 2008-30

October 12, 2022 2 min read

Bold is BACK, baby! Benjamin Moore has made a brazen statement by choosing the charismatic Raspberry Blush 2008-30 as its 2023 Color of the Year.
Read More