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The way to Restore Cast Iron Radiators

时间:2014-04-29 10:12来源:未知 作者:Jane
  Many older homes still have radiant heat. Radiators are very heavy and after using a period of time
they looked very inaesthetic. The hardest part of restoring a cast iron radiator is to move it out of
the house so you can work on it outside or in an outdoor shop. Newly restored radiators add to the
character of an older home and today's paints make them more efficient to use.
 
1. At the beginning of the summer start this project. Afford plenty of time to do the work of restoring
the radiators
and also to give the freshly painted radiators plenty of time to cure before using them
in the cooler months.
 
2. Get a friend or two to help you move the radiators outside. With caution since radiators are very
heavy. Move the radiators to and from the house with wheeled dolly.
 
3. Sandblast the radiator to remove as much of the previous paint as you can. Use a wire brush to
work on the stubborn or hard to reach parts.
 
4. Call the local auto machine shops if you do not own a sandblaster. Find out which machine shops
have dip tanks. Ask them to dip your radiators which easily removes all the paint and rust.
 
5. Cover the radiator with a spray on zinc primer. The priming on your radiator helps the paint to
adhere better and also makes the paint last longer.
 
6. Brush on an oil-based paint. Be careful to get into all the grooves and in between each section.
Allow the paint to dry completely. Remember that oil-based paints take longer to dry than water-based.
 
7. Apply a second coat of paint if necessary.
 
8. Re-install your radiators in the house. Give them at least two weeks for the paint to cure before
starting up your heat. Turn on the heat for the first time after the new paint job on a day when
you can open the windows, since the first time the radiators heat up they will smell strongly of paint.


Author: Jane Zhang
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