Deciding to paint old radiators can be a great way to introduce a new colour into your room either blending with the walls or creating a standout piece with a contrasting colour. However, there is a real problem in the UK with a limited choice of coloured radiator paint and often many people ask can you paint radiators with satinwood?
The benefits of satinwood paint for metal is that you can find a range of great colours available and while not specifically made for radiators. You can paint radiators with satinwood paint as it’s designed for metal or wood. Satinwood paint gives a mid-sheen softer finish than gloss paint.
Updating the look of radiators are a great way to improve the overall look of a room and often old radiators suffer from yellowing paint that creates a dull look that can result in an unappealing look over time.
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Can you paint radiators with satinwood?
This question we’ve seen asked a lot, especially in the last couple of years with homeowners and DIYs looking to create a unique looking room that encompasses who they are. No one wants boring old bright white radiators these days. Although we are still a fan of a bright white finish, we understand that many customers are looking for a unique look to tie their rooms together and this often comes in the form of a high-quality radiator paint.
The answer is definitely yes, you can paint radiators with satinwood. Satinwood paint gives a very appealing mid-sheen finish that ties well within modern-looking homes. In fact, satinwood finishes have gained a lot of praise from homeowners as paint brands work on developing the final finish and look.
Best Satinwood Paints For Radiators?
Satinwood is a brand of Dulux, If you were looking for a similar semi-gloss/mid-sheen finish from a different brand then it would be known as a satin paint or satin finish. Dulux satinwood is available in a number of different colours.
If you click the link you will see that there is a range of different colours such as a green satinwood radiator paint or a grey satinwood radiator paint. There are around 10 different colours to choose from so if you’re looking to purchase, grey, magnolia, light grey or blue then there’s a choice for you.
How To Paint A Radiator With Satinwood
When starting a new painting project preparation is key. It’s important to get the radiator in a prime condition for painting. Gather all the tools you will need for painting the radiator and make sure you have some dust or paint sheets down to avoid a mess.
Tools you will need:
- Paintbrush or roller
- Satinwood radiator paint
- Radiator brush (if you are not removing the radiator from the wall)
- Dust sheets
Ensure you have plenty of ventilation in the room. Satinwood is often sold as low odour but you will get some paint fumes from it.
- Turn the radiator off and the heating off. Do not put the radiator back on until all the paint is dry.
- If you are removing the radiator then remove it from the wall after it is completely cool.
- Wash down the radiator with sugar soap to remove any grime and dirt that has built up over the years.
- Rinse the sugar soap off with warm water to ensure you remove all the residue. This is important to allow the paint to correctly adhere to the radiator.
- Sand down any imperfections on the radiator, if there’s a lot of layers on the radiator already then try to get it as smooth as possible.
- Wipe down the radiator to remove any sanded particles, give it another wash.
- Wait till the radiator is completely dry before starting the painting process.
- Start by painting the radiator from the outside into the centre. You can use a roller but if it’s a grooved radiator then you will have a better application with a paintbrush.
- If the radiator is still on the wall then finish off the gaps and crevices with a radiator paintbrush.
- Leave to dry for the set amount of time indicated by the paint. This is usually about 4 hours before re-application should start.
- Start your second coat and make sure you are fully covering the radiator.
- Leave to dry for a minimum of 12 hours, make sure the radiator is completely dry before you turn the heating back on.
- If you removed the radiator, re-attach it correctly once everything is dry.
- Clean up your paintbrushes, if you’ve used a water-based satinwood paint then this is easily down with water. For oil-based you will need a tougher solvent such as white spirit to remove the paint.
That’s it, you should now have a bright, new radiator in your colour of choice using satinwood paint. You might experience a strong smell for a week or so but it should dissipate in time.
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