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Sandblasting or Stripping radiators

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I am looking for a place that refinishes radiators. I have 3 large (3' tall by 4' long) steam radiators from 1901 that need to be sandblasted or stripped. These radiators were removed for a renovation but they are functional and will be reinstalled. I'm located in Washington DC. Many places that do this work have closed. Does anyone have a recommendation? I'm also considering stripping them myself. Does anyone have experience with this?

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  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
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    I use a pressure washer to strip radiators. I've stripped some wrought iron radiators from the 1800's that way. It worked really well. Lots of different colors were removed.
    Steve Minnich
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,840
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    Ahh, the fun of restoring old homes.
    Ig you are looking for a company that does refurbishing or restoring radiators, you won't find that specialty very easily. You may find an outfit that will "Sandblast" anything. Look up Cast Iron sandblasting. (not radiator sandblasting)

    This is what I found when I Googled "Sandblasting near Washington DC"


    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,840
    edited October 2020
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    There is a discussion from last May that has a different approach. We had some fun with the post early on, but it appeared to work out and looks as if the dangerous chemical approach worked for this guy. How to get rid of the chemicals after the fact may be a problem.

    https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/180002/stripping-paint-from-cast-iron-radiators-using-a-lye-bath
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics