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jtdendy Member Posts: 1
I recently moved into a new apartment, and the heat just came on today.... Holy paint fumes, Batman! There are 2 old cast iron radiators and 1 main pipe... They were all newly painted a metallic (shiny) silver/chrome color in September. I do not know what kind of paint was used... Anyway, here are my questions:

1) How long will it take for the awful paint/chemical fumes to go away? Days, weeks, months?

2) Are these fumes overly harmful and/or dangerous to breathe?

3) Is there anything that can be done to help the process along or help with the odor?

Thanks so much!!!!!!


  • AlexS
    AlexS Member Posts: 69

    The heat will help the paint cure, so that likely speeding along the process...

    Overly harmful? probably not, unless you have an allergy to such things.  Id imagine the smell will diminish in a week or so.   I've painted them with oil based Rustoleum and couldnt smell anything the following day.
  • Gordan
    Gordan Member Posts: 891
    Then there's the fact that they were painted metallic

    This impedes their ability to act as radiators (as opposed to convectors) and diminishes their output. Depending on your circumstances, this may be a bad thing - or it may be intended. Or both. :-)
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