What's the best way to paint radiators?

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I've got this old house, with radiators and their peeling paint. Some have many layers of peeling paint, and others are a little less so but still ugh. Obviously since they are heating units, the paint has to be able to withstand the heat, not crack more, and not be affected by the peeling paint underneath, unless there is some manner of removing the paint that doesn't involve hours and hours of sitting there as it flakes off. Suggestions? Things that don't work?
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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Aug 09, 2012
    take advantage of the "summer" and have them removed ...taken off site and sand blasted....you can then spray paint them with a high temp spray paint.

  • Ashley Ashley on Aug 09, 2012
    I second what KMS Woodworks has said! The thought of scraping out all the little nooks and crevices by hand makes me stomach hurt, haha.

  • LandlightS LandlightS on Aug 09, 2012
    You can always get some radiator covers that will hide the poor finish and update the look. These covers can be painted the same colors as the room colors. I had these in my apt in Greenwich Village (so many years ago) Gary

  • Michele C Michele C on Aug 11, 2012
    Katherine - Please make sure that the radiator is not painted with lead paint before you begin anything! Contact your county health department if your are not sure.