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Has anyone used regular silk emulsion paint on radiators?

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RTKangaMummy · 18/03/2016 09:25

We have recently moved house

We have painted DS room but his radiator is still the horrible paint colour from previous owners so can we use the same emulsion silk paint on it please?

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IslaSinga · 18/03/2016 09:26

I'm not sure. I have used gloss and eggshell on our radiators and they look good.


RTKangaMummy · 18/03/2016 09:39

Oke doke thank you

So this was the same as on the walls and skirting board?

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legotits · 18/03/2016 09:41

Emulsion isn't going to cover well.

Emulsion for walls and ceilings gloss or eggshell for wood and metal.

If the rad was white but is just discoloured then sugar soap it instead.


RTKangaMummy · 18/03/2016 09:48

Oke doke

The walls were a sort of dark coffee brown paint colour and are now yellow silk emulsion and they painted the radiator the same dark coffee colour

So we will use a white gloss paint then same as skirting board

Thank you so much for your help SmileSmileSmileSmile

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legotits · 18/03/2016 09:55

Aw the coffee coloured radiator sounds lovely. .......

If you want white (and radiator is under a window in the shade) go for eggshell it doesn't seem to need the sunshine to stay white like gloss does these days.

don't forget to stick coat hangers with dusters on down the back to get rid of dust groobers so they don't jump out and stick to brush Grin


VulcanWoman · 18/03/2016 09:59

I used matt emulsion to match my radiator with the one wall, it was fine. Burgundy.


LyndaNotLinda · 18/03/2016 10:00

I have painted my radiators with the same paint (F&B) as I've used on the walls. It's not silk though - it's matt. But no issues with coverage. All the rads in my house have been painted to match the walls - I assume using the same paint


VulcanWoman · 18/03/2016 10:00

Sand the radiator first,


Bunbaker · 18/03/2016 10:04

I have just googled this. Apparently enamel radiator paint is better than standard gloss paint because it produces optimum heat. The more non enamel paint you put on the less performance you will get from your radiator. Also, the heat from the radiator will cause non radiator paint to discolour and crack more quickly.

I would just pay a few extra £££ for proper radiator paint and do the job properly.


RTKangaMummy · 18/03/2016 10:27

WOW you guys are all amazing SmileSmileSmileSmile

Good point about the amount of heat coming off from the radiator can be changed by the paint we use

Actually looking round the house at the radiators - we will buy the special paint cos the hall one has been painted like the walls which is a sort of orange/peach colour which is also deffo going to be changed soon.

So we are going to need to paint at least 2 large radiators

DS radiator is under his window that faces East so very sunny in the morning but it would be in the shade iyswim

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wowfudge · 18/03/2016 20:13

Have to say I have painted lots of radiators with emulsion and it works fine. Better on radiators you don't brush past all the time, but fine.


IslaSinga · 18/03/2016 20:47

Can I recommend eggshell paint for your skirting boards? I have recently been converted - it goes on much more easily and looks so, so good! Smile


spanky2 · 18/03/2016 20:51

I painted them with a low shine gloss. You can buy special radiator paint.


PoreofWiner · 18/03/2016 22:14

I always just do them the same as the walls

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