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Radiator Refinishing

fxrgruntfxrgrunt Member Posts: 77
This post is more informational and for enjoyment. I recently sent 9 of my radiators out to Metal Man Restoration near NYC where they dipped, sandblasted, pressure tested and recoated my radiators in an epoxy primer with polyurethane coating. All I can say is these babies look great and with only one coat needed I have not noticed any lack of efficiency so far. It's nice to see all the markings and logos now that they arent covered by 8 coats of paint. Not to mention they no longer have lead on them. Enjoy! 

ethicalpaulgarrettgjpErin Holohan Haskellmargopenelope

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  • hot_rodhot_rod Member Posts: 14,075
    They look great!
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
    fxrgrunt
  • revstratrevstrat Member Posts: 3
    Nice! Any problem with expansion/contraction of the wood cabinet?
    fxrgrunt
  • GrallertGrallert Member Posts: 468
    They look great! Very satisfyingly I bet.
  • EdTheHeaterManEdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 1,046
    NICE!!!!
  • PC7060PC7060 Member Posts: 72
    Looks great. I did similar to our radiators; sand blast and powder coat.  Finish came out great but had very small section leak on the two largest (5’ and longer). Im sure heating units up to 400 is tough on connections and thinking about doing the spray like yours on four units we added with a recent addition. Hired movers to move in and out. They made it look easy.
     :) 

  • New England SteamWorksNew England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,373
    We offer this service during the summer months. It's a real pain to do this work. But nothing we do makes our customer's faces light up more than when their now-like-new radiators are reinstalled. Especially if they go the custom color route.


    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
    newenglandsteamworks.com
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • mickeylewis123mickeylewis123 Member Posts: 45
    I just sent out 7 of my radiators for sandblasting and powder coating. It was a real job carrying them downstairs and transporting them. I brought them to a sandblasting and coating place. I wasn't aware that i could end up with leaks. They're in now and working well - no leaks - am i just lucky? Should i have been more careful?
    fxrgrunt
  • New England SteamWorksNew England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,373
    Here's a few recent ones:








    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
    newenglandsteamworks.com
    margopenelopeErin Holohan Haskellfxrgrunt
  • margopenelopemargopenelope Member Posts: 2
    What kind of paint do you use once they’ve been sandblasted and powder coated?
  • fxrgruntfxrgrunt Member Posts: 77
    revstrat said:
    Nice! Any problem with expansion/contraction of the wood cabinet?
    No issues thus far. I just rebuilt it because the old top had an asbestos transite board stapled underneath.
  • fxrgruntfxrgrunt Member Posts: 77
    What kind of paint do you use once they’ve been sandblasted and powder coated?
    Metal man used an epoxy polyurethane after dipping and sandblasting 
  • PC7060PC7060 Member Posts: 72
    @mickeylewis123 - Sounds like you're good! As I said issue only occurs on a couple large one and may have been seeping before. I'd have never know with all the crud on them.
  • SteamingatMohawkSteamingatMohawk Member Posts: 270
    For those near Albany, NY, RM Lill, Inc in Castleton-on-Hudson does sandblasting and painting. I took one there yesterday.
    fxrgrunt
  • fxrgruntfxrgrunt Member Posts: 77
    For those near Albany, NY, RM Lill, Inc in Castleton-on-Hudson does sandblasting and painting. I took one there yesterday.
    Nice. How much they charge if you dont mind me asking? I have a small one for next year that I probably wont bring all the way down to metal man. I'm in Latham so I'm not from from castleton
  • SteamingatMohawkSteamingatMohawk Member Posts: 270
    Protocol on this web site is to not mention prices, so just call them at (518) 732-7216. You will need to give them an estimate of the size (length, width and height) of the radiator and whether or not you want them to paint it.
    fxrgrunt
  • fxrgruntfxrgrunt Member Posts: 77
    Protocol on this web site is to not mention prices, so just call them at (518) 732-7216. You will need to give them an estimate of the size (length, width and height) of the radiator and whether or not you want them to paint it.
    Perfect. My bad. I thought you couldn't price something like a job from you to me. Didnt realize we couldn't quote a price we received somewhere else. I appreciate the info! Are you a local plumber in the area?
  • SteamingatMohawkSteamingatMohawk Member Posts: 270
    I'm not sure of the specific restriction, so I could be wrong. I have seen discussions with $$$ in place of number, so I assumed any discussion of cost numbers is not allowed.

    No, I am not a local plumber. I worked at KAPL in Niskayuna and Windsor, CT for 38 years and got lots of years of practical experience. I bought a converted 1920s two family into 4 units in 1989 and have done almost all the work myself.



    fxrgrunt
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,443
    We don't allow job price posting because there are too many variables and it could also lead to price fixing. Please call them for an estimate. Thanks!
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