Painting old radiators

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Painting old radiators

The Guardian, Saturday 24 October 2009

My 40-year-old radiators work fine, but the paint has peeled in places. I want to avoid the cost of new ones or putting expensive covers round them. What can I do?

DIY expert Julian Cassell says, “These radiators sound like the old cast-iron variety, aka schoolhouse or hospital-style radiators, and there should be no problem in repainting them. For preparation, sand the easily accessible areas and remove all dust using a vacuum with a nozzle attachment for hard-to-reach areas. It is best to use an aerosol rather than brush to apply the paint, because the spray can get into all the nooks and crannies much better. An excellent range of colours and finishes are offered by Plasti-kote, available in most DIY stores from around £5 for a 400ml can, depending on what finish you choose.”

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