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Radiator Refinishing

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fxrgrunt
fxrgrunt Member Posts: 157
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! 

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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,147
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    They look great!
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
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  • revstrat
    revstrat Member Posts: 3
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    Nice! Any problem with expansion/contraction of the wood cabinet?
    fxrgrunt
  • Grallert
    Grallert Member Posts: 644
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    They look great! Very satisfyingly I bet.
    Miss Hall's School service mechanic, greenhouse manager,teacher and dog walker
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  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,840
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    NICE!!!!
    Edward F Young. Retired HVAC ContractorSpecialized in Residential Oil Burner and Hydronics
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  • PC7060
    PC7060 Member Posts: 1,160
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    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.
     :) 

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  • New England SteamWorks
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    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
  • mickeylewis123
    mickeylewis123 Member Posts: 45
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    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
  • margopenelope
    margopenelope Member Posts: 2
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    What kind of paint do you use once they’ve been sandblasted and powder coated?
  • fxrgrunt
    fxrgrunt Member Posts: 157
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    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.
  • fxrgrunt
    fxrgrunt Member Posts: 157
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    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 
  • PC7060
    PC7060 Member Posts: 1,160
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    @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.
  • SteamingatMohawk
    SteamingatMohawk Member Posts: 1,007
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    For those near Albany, NY, RM Lill, Inc in Castleton-on-Hudson does sandblasting and painting. I took one there yesterday.
    fxrgrunt
  • fxrgrunt
    fxrgrunt Member Posts: 157
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    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
  • SteamingatMohawk
    SteamingatMohawk Member Posts: 1,007
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    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
  • fxrgrunt
    fxrgrunt Member Posts: 157
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    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?
  • SteamingatMohawk
    SteamingatMohawk Member Posts: 1,007
    edited December 2020
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    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.





    fxrgrunt
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,286
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    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!
    President
    HeatingHelp.com
    fxrgrunt
  • SteamingatMohawk
    SteamingatMohawk Member Posts: 1,007
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    I guess my comment was correct. Thanks. Does this also apply to messages?
    fxrgrunt
  • HomerJSmith
    HomerJSmith Member Posts: 2,441
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    What I find so very interesting is the variation in design and style that was so common early in the last century. These radiators were works of art unlike what is available today. Real Retro.

    Sometimes beauty is more than just in the 'eye of the beholder'.
    fxrgrunt
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,286
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    I guess my comment was correct. Thanks. Does this also apply to messages?

    No, just to public posts. Thanks!
    President
    HeatingHelp.com
    fxrgrunt
  • Hap_Hazzard
    Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,846
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    Since when are we allowed to post porn on this site? These pictures are nasty! :D
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
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