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Rad stripped of paint . . Thanks to Mike T. for the idear

Daniel_3 Member Posts: 543
So after about an hour and a half of a zero ^ nozzle on a 2500 psi power washer this was the result. I must say that it is time consuming but with patience it would pay-off with a good amount of money saved. I had to do it in the street and there was only fine particles of latex paint leftover. There may have been a layer of oil paint directly applied to the metal years and years ago which may have given me the most trouble. All in all I am satisfied but I wouldn't try it on one of my short 18 section rads. . . .ouch. I kinda like the look of the bare iron with it's blues and oranges. I used a scratch awl for the tiny bits and I'll finish with a wire wheel.


  • kevin coppinger_12
    kevin coppinger_12 Member Posts: 27
    very neat....

    water is much easier to clean up than sand...I have a friend who uses dry ice to sand blast of them for me...it just evaporates after...kpc
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928

    Nice job!

    Yes, the initial coat (usually bronzing) is tough to remove. I've always re-primed and bronzed so never tried to get everything down to bare iron.
  • Daniel_3
    Daniel_3 Member Posts: 543

    Yes. This one didn't have a bronzing as it seems that all eastwood radiators didn't commonly come from the factory as such. I've seen many set-up for hot water systems and I've seen them at least with a silver coat from the factory. This one had a primary coat of some off white oil paint from owners that maybe had them original to the house. A coat of primer and maybe two top coats should do the job nicely. This one will fit snug behind a door in my mudroom.
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928

    Wire wheel or brush should be all you need to do before priming. Just make CERTAIN that you use oil-based primer--two coats if you're going to use latex on top; one coat if you use oil on top.
  • Tim_41
    Tim_41 Member Posts: 153
    bead blaster

    I did three radiators last fall. I started with a wire brush and it just was not doing the job. I bought a bigger compressor and a beadblaster. Really, it is the best way I found to strip the paint. I have 5 more this summer to do. I will post pics later this summer.
  • cruizer
    cruizer Member Posts: 48

    All I can say is, Permatex Gasket Remover.

    I use it for removing powdercoating, and it works just as awsome on paint as well.
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928

    Permatex in a spray can?

    Spray on, let wait and then what?
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