1: Prepare the room
Preparation is the most important thing! Make sure to cover and tape the area around it well to prevent stains. In addition, it is wise to ensure that the room is well ventilated. Open some windows while you paint! Finally, let the heater cool completely before starting the next step.
2: Prepare the heating
To ensure that the paint adheres well to the radiator, you must first degrease it. You can do this with some ammonia. If you discover some rust, sand it away with sandpaper or a wire brush. In any case, it is a good idea to sand your heating well, so that the surface is smooth and the paint comes out its neatest.
3: Apply primer
After sanding you can apply the primer. This prevents rust and protects the quality of the paint that you apply later. It is important that it is also water-based.
4: Let dry
The primer should dry for about four hours. Make sure you really stick to this, otherwise the paint will never adhere properly to the heating.
5: Now finally paint!
Now that all preparation is done, you can finally start painting! Use special water-based radiator paint. It is better to apply two thin coats of paint than one thick coat. That way it attaches a lot better. With this paint you can also take the heating pipes with you if you prefer.
Note: remove masking tape while the paint is still wet. This will prevent the paint from peeling off later. Let the paint dry completely, at least 24 hours, before turning the heating back on.
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