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Best Paint for Radiators UK Review 

Thanks for taking the time to read our review on the best paint for radiators. 

The main options are really how you apply the paint and you can choose to spray, brush or to use a roller . When all's said and done, everybody thinks differently and all these paints will produce a good finish. You just need to make sure the paint you choose will withstand the heat and of course any specialist radiator pain will do this. Just don't try using standard paint!

Using a Roller

This is my least favourite option as I find, even the mini roller, is awkward to get right into the grooves and you need to use a really soft roller. Radiator paint tends to be fairly thin so is far too easy to apply too much paint in these areas and end up with runs. I ended up using a brush as well to tidy these up and eventually gave up on the roller altogether.

If you have quite a few radiators to do and you can't spray them, then this can be an option, though it will take a good bit of practice to master the technique.

best paint for radiators

The attraction of a roller is that it is supposed to be reasonably quick and should leave a pretty smooth finish. The finish is actually quite good but as I have already said, the radiator isn't just a flat surface and I found it hard not to get a load of runs in the paint. That being said, with a bit of practice you can get quite a good finish.

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Spray Painting

You might think this is the quickest and easiest way to paint your radiator. For me it's messy, you might not get as good a coverage and it is very hard to apply an even coat. It is also much more expensive compared to using a brush. However many people prefer this method and it is actually pretty good for small repairs.

How to spray paint a radiator

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Using a Brush

This is, in my opinion, by far the best way to paint a radiator. You have much more control over the depth of paint and I always find a much better finish is achieved. I would advise you that this is the way to go. It's exactly the same paint you would use with a roller so you might want to have a quick try at that but I fully expect you will be back to using a brush before too long.

How to brush paint a radiator

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88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,200+ buyer reviews

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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PAINTING A RADIATOR

Step 1. Turn off the radiators and leave them till they are cold. you may want to open a window as this will help them cool more quickly and also will reduce the fumes in your room.

Step 2. Clear as much furniture away and either lift some of the carpet or get a strong covering for over it. I often use a plastic sheet as the next thing I do is to clean the radiator down with warm soapy water. Ypu will be amazed how much dirt and dust they pick up.

Step 3. A light sanding will be really worthwhile and will help give a much better finish. I would recommend that this is essential. A good clean after then you are ready for the primer.

Step 4 Make sure the primer is fully dry then apply your top coat. Take your time on this stage as its very easy to put too much paint on if you rush and this always ends up giving you runs in the paint.

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As well as our many tool reviews, we have also included a whole range of articles, on how to use them. This will include the many tasks that you may have to do at home. That could include putting up a shelf, drilling through tiles, drilling through concrete, laying carpet, fixing a leaking tap, and just about any other thing that you can think of.

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Thanks for reading our best paint for radiators article and we hope it has given you a better insight into the world of painting. 

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