Thursday, November 6, 2008

Just how much paint do I have to strip?

Does the amount of paint on a radiator significantly affect its efficiency? It seemed that for a while everything I read said that paint negatively affected it, but now people don't seem to be so sure. This can't be too hard to test, can it?

2 comments:

Ranty said...

Are they steam or hot water? If they're steam and you can easily disconnect them and roll them (with a handtruck) outside, it's really not too hard to sandblast them. You don't have to get every last scrap of paint off (unless you want them natural and are not planning to re-paint,) you just want to remove everything that's chipping/peeling, etc, so you get a smooth surface for repainting.

At least that's my amateur DIY-er perspective. :-)

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

They're hot water.

They all have covers, so I'm not that concerned about aesthetics - it's just that with the heating a huge space like that, I want to squeeze every last bit of efficiency possible out of the system.