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    Can tile paint be used on a radiator?

    Painters & Decorators

    Hi All, I hope this isn’t too silly to ask, but can I paint my radiator using tile paint? It’s just to cover some rusty patches where the paint has flaked off. I don’t have any other paint available right now, but don’t know if there is any special paint I should be using and I’m cautious it might affect the radiator working.
    Many thanks, K

    Asked by Kelly on 2nd Mar 2019
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    "I've never had any problems just using a good quality gloss."

    Answered on 30th Mar 2019 - Member since Feb 2019 - report

    "Before applying any paint on the radiator, remove all the rust right back to bare metal. You can apply tile paint, but you will find that tile paint(stone) expands and contracts at different rates to enamel radiator paints (metal). If you have no choice ( cost, or aptitude) then apply very thin coats.
    Latent heat capacity, ie how much heat it can absorb is the science of the applying."

    Answered on 19th Jul 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
    A1 Painting

    "Hi K,
    You can use any paint for your radiator really, but the question is if you can get/want to use specific radiator paint (known generally as ‘radiator enamel’). Normal paint may not help your radiator much, as it could trap some heat in, making the radiator less effective. Meanwhile proper radiator paint/enamel would stop the radiator working to full-effect and is also heat and rust resistant. I would recommend seeking proper radiator paint/enamel, as you can find it in your local DIY shops for a few quid, but if you are really pushed for time, your tile paint can work, but may not last long-term."

    Answered on 2nd Mar 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Jarvis Decor

    "You can buy paint for radiators but I have always just use white undercoat to freshen up dis-coloured radiators"

    Answered on 5th Apr 2019 - Member since Mar 2018 - report
    Lunar builders/Flat pack assembly

    "Hi, it’s best to use radiator paint designed especially for radiators."

    Answered on 24th Jan 2020 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Manning property services ltd

    "Won’t stop the radiator working but will peel after a while.
    Ideally you should be using a metal paint like dulux trade metal shield"

    Answered on 10th Apr 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report

    "You don't need ant fancy paint just get rid of rust with a wire brush or sand paper.
    Give the radiator a coat of oil based undercoat. The a coat of oil based gloss it will look like a new Radiator"

    Answered on 3rd Aug 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    Heritage Home improvements

    "I wouldn't use tile paint. A small tin of radiator paint doesn't cost much and it will last longer with its heat protection.

    Nothing is ever too silly to ask.

    Heritage Home Improvements"

    Answered on 22nd Mar 2019 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
    P.J.R Property Services

    "Ideally you would want to use a radiator paint which can be picked up from most DIY stores such as B&Q however you can use the tile paint but this will be unlikely to last to long before it starts to peel itself also you need to make sure that the rust patches are cleaned and taken back to bare metal first."

    Answered on 14th Jul 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report
    Reach N Shine Window Fascia Gutter Cleaning Handyman Professionals

    "Hi tile paint is not heat resistant so can bubble and peel off you can buy radiator paint from wickes and its heat and fad resistant and give a good finish and will not bubble.

    hope this helps
    Dave adf services"

    Answered on 23rd Dec 2020 - Member since Aug 2016 - report

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