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!