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Old 11-05-2009, 09:29 AM   #1
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Refinishing Cast Iron Radiators

I've done a lot of research (on the internet) and it seems a lot a people are stating that you can paint a stripped cast iron radiator with any oil based paint and there is no need to use high heat paint.

Has anyone else found that this is not the case?!

I've painted the same radiator twice oil bases paint, once over latex and once on bare metal and both times the radiator gave off noxious fumes when heated up.

This is my second time stripping the radiator and third time painting it and this time I'm going with the metallic paint which I'm told will not give off any fumes when heated up. The high heat stuff may have worked as well but this advice came from a very experience radiator guy.

Anyway just curious if anyone else has run into these problems.

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Old 11-05-2009, 11:16 AM   #2
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I just used Rustoleoum "Alum" color - oil based
Soon as my heat is on I'll know

Did it always give off fumes?
Or just the 1st time the heat was on?

Steam heat or forced HW?
Do you know what temp is circulating ?

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Old 11-05-2009, 08:04 PM   #3
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Refinishing Radiators

Sorry about the two posts was not sure what cat to put this one in.

I used Rustoleum as well and it gave off fumes first time the heat came on. Paint started to come off too.

My system is steam and I think it can get up to 210. May not be a problem with water radiators.

Guy at the hardware store told me that the high heat stuff was for up to 1500 degrees and that regular oil based paint should hold up to steam heat temps. I wish I didn't listen to him.

I will let you know how the matalic paint works out.

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