Last week we had our old standard radiator taken out and replaced by a new stylish looking vertical column radiator in a different area in our bedroom. The reason for this was so that we could really maximise the space that we have and make it look as up to date as possible. We ordered our radiator (which was a bit of a saga) and then got our regular local plumber round to fit the new radiator.
It seems to Rick and I that pretty much everything in our house was bodged and done 'on the cheap' by previous owners. All of our pipes are really small and thin, and as a result I have learnt the word 'microbore' since living in our house. Everybody that mutters this word then goes into a mini rant on how rubbish it is. Essentially what I have learnt is that nobody has a good work to say about microbore and that it is really small thin pipes that are cheaper, but, cheaper for a reason as they clog up easily due to their size. On the recommendation of our plumber we got him to upgrade the pipes in our bedroom to standard copper pipes. and have them go under the floorboards after we took then up to prepare it for him to save a bit of money.
After 5 hours work our plumber left us with a lovely installed new radiator. We are still waiting for the old radiator to be taken away! With the new copper pipes poking out from the floorboards next to the skirting board. The copper really stood out and we had not really considered that we would need to pain these, so, off to B&Q we went.
Before going into B&Q I had presumed that there would be quite a variety of different radiator paints. I had even said to Rick "Do you think we should get white or magnolia" before getting to the shop. For some reason I though there would be a whole variety of different coloured paints for radiators. Boy I was very wrong. Perusing the paint aisles of our local B&Q store there was literally only a couple of options. I think there was just the following available in the store we were in: •250ml Ronseal white radiator paint primer - I done really understand why anyone would buy this - the primer was the same price at £8.98
•250ml Ronseal One Coat Radiator paint in white - available in silk or gloss finish. We bought the silk finish. Both Gloss and Silk finish were the same price at £8.98
•750ml Ronseal One Coat Radiator paint in white - also available in either Gloss of Silk finish at £16.47 per tin
•Spray Radiator Paints - I think these were of similar prices or higher than the paints. These sprays were only available in white. To me the spray option seemed far too messy of an idea!
Knowing that we only needed a fairly small amount we bought this Ronseal 250ml One Coat Radiator Paint. To be honest I do think that £8.98 is quite a lot to pay for this really quite small tin but we had no other options if we wanted to get rid of the ugly copper.
•Brand - Ronseal
•Colour description - Brilliant white
•Surface Finish - Satin or Gloss available
•Coverage - 250ml tin - 2m²
•Drying time - 1hour touch dry, re-coat after 16 hours if required, leave 24 hours before turning the radiator back on
•Washable - Washable
•Location - Interior, all household radiators
•VOC description - High
•Application - Brush
•For use on - Radiators primed, factory finished, and previously painted radiators
•Clean Up - white spirit or paint brush cleaner
First of all I prepped my area quite carefully. Having just painted the wall where my old radiator was and the nearby skirting boards I feel a little bit of a pro at painting and so I had most things I needed to hand. I pulled up the carpet and underlay which was already loose after having our radiator fitted. I then put down a dust sheet to protect the floor from any mess. I opened the tin of paint up with a screwdriver. In the past with some pain tins I have struggled to open them but I had no problem with this one thankfully. Knowing that I had a fair bit of painting to do I had bought a 10 piece set of paint brushes when I bought this paint and I used the smallest brush in this set at 1/2 inch to paint the copper pipes I wanted to cover.
With this tin of Ronseal Paint being called 'One Coat' yes of course I had hoped that my first coat would be my last but sadly not. Applying the first coat I was surprised to find that the paint really slid around on the metal pipes and didn't give a great coverage at all. Essentially after applying my first coat I feel like I had a brown / white marble effect. It was at this point I wondered if a primer was a good idea, not that I am 100% sure what I primer is. However, the tin does say that no primer is required. After finishing off my first coat of paint I left it to dry feeling quite disappointed with the product. With the drying time in between coats 16 hours I thought it would take forever to finish painting these pipes and to get our carpet back down.
Applying the second coat was really nice and straight forward. I had left the dust sheet and everything in place and wrapped the paintbrush in some cling film so applying the second coat took no real prep. The paint was a lot nicer and easier to apply on the second coat as compared to the first. It covered much more evenly than the first although it still didn't look brilliant as it was still a little bit smeary with lighter patches.
One day later I was getting increasingly more irritated with our carpet being pulled up as was Rick. Dodging the grippers in the doorway getting in and out of our bedroom was annoying and I was really ready for a final coat. Applying the third coat was again really nice and easy. At no point did I have any problems with drips or any little splatters. The third coat actually gave brilliant coverage. It applied smoothly and evenly and gave a nice consistent colour all over. Finally I could put my carpet back after waiting for the paint to dry.
The paint can details that this paint dries to touch in 1 hour. I would say that 1 hour is a little optimistic. I would say that after 1 hour the paint feels really very tacky and not safe to be touched with the potential for ruining the finish. After about 2 hours it is a fair bit safer. I left it around 4 hours after applying my final coat before putting the underlay and carpet down before I went to bed. By this time it certainly felt alright to do this. The tin also details that you should wait 16 hours in between coats. I waited 24 hours in between coats as I did it after work each day and for me this worked well.
General Points & The Finish
This paint certainly does have a smell! I found this paint quite similar to standard gloss paint because it takes an age to dry, brushes need to be washed in white spirit or a special solution, and, it really has a smell to it. Even though I only used a really small amount of this paint the smell was still noticeable in our bedroom. However, I found that leaving the window and door open a little throughout the painting process it wasn't unbearable. We were actually able to sleep in our bedroom still after using this paint on our radiator piping, whereas this wasn't possible without issue after painting the skirting board. This paint was also quite a bit like gloss in its application because the brush strokes have a tendency to show up. I didn't find this too much of a problem though and just ensured that coat 3 was applied with vertical stokes. I would image that using this on as whole radiator the brush strokes showing up would be a bit irritating.
The finish of this paint is really quite nice in my opinion. I like how the white is really quite nice and bright making the finished look modern. To me the white is clean and fresh, yet, as we choose the 'silk' finish it is not too shiny and so it doesn't stand out in the room.
I am pleased with how our radiator has turned out. At first the copper pipes poking though our carpet were pretty ugly but this paint enabled me to make them far more attractive and for the pipes to blend in. I am disappointed with the lack of selection of radiator paints available and I find them overpriced. I have not even used a tenth of the paint in the 250ml tin so a smaller pot for sale for me would have been better bit I guess we have it in the shed if any radiators need touching up in the future.
I found this paint pretty easy to apply with no drips or splashes. However, it is called 'One Coat' and I needed 3 coats, but covering up copper with white I guess 3 coats is not too bad. Also I like the clean smooth finish that this paint gives. As a result I guess yes I would recommend this paint. However, with no real competition on the DIY store shelves I don't see there are many other options but to use this particular paint.
This appears to be acrylic. Difficult to apply and very poor finish. I had to sand back down to the previous paint layer and substitute an oil-based enamel from a different manufacturer. This stuff went in the bin. Definitely not recommended.
We recently moved house, and like most of you know its one of the most stressful things anyone can do! But, biting the bullet, we decided to decorate straight away instead of doing it bit by bit. The new house we moved into certainly needed decorating, and the radiators paint had been chipped and scratched.
I headed down to the local hardware store to look for our decorating supplies, and came across this Ronseal radiator paint. it looked quite good and came in a purple and white tin which was 750ml, more than enough to cover six radiators.
The product is available in white and satin, but I opted for the white. The 750ml tin only cost £5.99 which I thought was quite cheap considering the price of some of the similar products available, which went up to about twenty pounds!
A soon as we got in, I cracked open the tin to start work. i used a standard paint brush as it has easier to paint it with. The product covered very well to start with which I was very happy about, but quickly realised that it was going to need two coats. Perhaps is was just me being picky, but I certainly was not happy with leaving just the one coat on it, as it did not look as even as I would have liked.
The product boasts a drying time of only two hours, but it was more like three. The paint also has a heat resistant enamel finish, perfect for radiators that are on all the time!
All in all, the product did do the job very well, and gave my radiators a high gloss which look really nice and clean, but it did take two coats to cover them properly. I would recommend this product if your radiators need a paint, but just be aware it will take a little longer than the product states, other than that a great product!
I used to find Hammerite hard to work with and thought I''d try this; well, its worse! Coverage is poor leaving it wishy-washy even after 3 coats and the satin finish is naff (looks like I intended to use gloss and used undercoat by mistake). Its goes semi dry so quickly you have no chance to retouch an area if you missed it or spot a run; if you try, you get lots of small lumps breaking away which ruin the sheen. I have about half a tin left which is going up to the tip at the earliest opportunity.
Having been in my flat for around a year now I decided that it was about time to touch up the radiators in our flat. Some of them had a few scuff marks and they were all looking a little yellow and I thought a nice coat of paint would freshen them up.
Down at my local DIY centre I went and on a recommendation from my Father I picked up Ronseal Stay White Radiator paint. One of the big things that appealed to me so much about this paint was the fact there was no need to prime the radiators before applying the paint. I can find painting quite a chor so decided that this was a good time saver. The paint also boasts a non-yellowing formula and the fact that the main reason for painting them in the first place was the yellow tinge this product seems like a winner.
I applied the first coat to the radiators and left it to dry for at least the recommended drying time, which I believe is 30 minutes touch dry and 6 hours for applying the second coat. Again for me another big bonus as some of the other paints I looked at had a drying time of 16 hours. This meant that I could get the radiators all done in one day just about. I then applied the second coat, which was definitely required. The second coat ensured there was a nice even finish once dry.
I am very happy with the results and I now have clean, bright white radiators. A 750ml can of this from B&Q will cost around £15. The 750ml can covers 15m2 apparently. I haven't measured my radiators however I painted 3 radiators and have about a quarter of the tin remaining.
It gets the thumbs up from me.
We have a normal hot water central heating system with wall mounted radiators as the heat emitters. Although we have decorated the house many times I confess I have done little to the radiators themselves. They may have had the occasional lick of paint but little else. However, it is clear that our predecessors in the house painted them far more regularly, judging by the evident multiple layers of paint that have built up.
Our recent redecoration of the kitchen got me decided to do something about it so I removed the radiator from the wall and set about stripping the old layers of paint right back to basics. For this I used a tried and trusted bit of kit - the Scotch-Brite Clean and Strip disks in a rotary drill.
Having got right back to bare metal it was then time to decide what to use to repaint it. A trip to B&Q uncovered Ronseal's Stay White Radiator Paint. This seemed to tick all the right boxes. The tin stated "No primer required" and that it was for "...previously painted radiators..." which mine are. Nowhere does it state that the paint shouldn't be used on bare metal.
I was a little concerned, however, when I read the brush cleaning instructions. It stated that only water was required. This implied to me that the paint is water based rather than spirit based. Now, I always thought that steel and water didn't mix! However, I assumed that Ronseal knew what they were talking about. A 750ml tin cost a not inconsiderable £15, or just under. I bought one.
I applied a first coat and then left it for the recommended period time before applying the second (and last). When I came to examine it it was clear that bubbles of rust has formed beneath the surface. I was not a happy bunny.
I took photos and contacted Ronseal Customer Care, sending them copies of the pictures I had taken. Their response was to state that if I had stripped the radiator back to bare metal then it would require a primer before using their paint. I asked them then why the tin stated that no primer was required. They huffed and puffed about this and offered me a replacement tin in compensation. After these experiences, another tin of this paint is the last thing I needed!
So, I am now faced with once again stripping the radiator and starting all over again. Next time I will be using Hammerite, which I happily see recommends brushes be cleaned with white spirit!