When painting a room, radiators are often forgotten and painted white out of habit.
Considering radiator paint in your colour scheme will help you to create a coordinated finish. Highlight radiators with a contrasting colour or paint them in a complementary shade.
Where possible, we would advise painting your radiator before it is fitted; this will allow you to paint all surfaces. However if this isn’t possible, simply paint the radiator in situ. Make sure to drain the radiator and ensure it is turned off during the application process.
Intelligent Eggshell is the perfect finish for radiators, it is formulated to resist moisture, staining and general wear and tear. Unlike all modern day solvent-based paints, our Intelligent paint finishes are heat resistant and guaranteed not to yellow upon exposure to high temperatures.
Intelligent Eggshell has a tough yet subtle finish and is a superb paint for woodwork and metalwork.
Its soft low sheen is:
Flat Oil Eggshell
If you are looking to use a more traditional oil-based finish, choose Flat Oil Eggshell.
This oil-based alternative offers superlative durability and a very soft, elegant sheen on woodwork and metalwork.
You can find out more information on all of our finishes, including surface preparation and technical data, on our detailed Product Data Sheets.
Before beginning the project, place protective dust sheets under the radiator to protect your flooring.
For previously painted radiators, smooth the surface with a medium grade sandpaper. This will create a slightly rough surface that the paint will adhere to. Following this, thoroughly clean your radiator surface with a sponge and sugar soap before rinsing and allowing to dry.
It is vital to prime your radiator, to prevent staining and rust spots that could alter your chosen colour.
Ensure that you have properly stirred the paint prior to commencing painting. Using an angled paint brush, apply two coats of Intelligent Primer Undercoat. Your metal primer should be tinted to your chosen top coat shade to ensure full depth of colour.
Leave the undercoat to dry for 4 hours before applying the first coat of paint in your chosen shade. We recommend using Intelligent Eggshell as an easy-to-use, quick-drying radiator paint.
(Note: This type of paint can be thinned as applied as a spray paint if desired. See the detailed Product Data Sheets for further guidance.)
Allow 4 hours for the first coat to dry before applying the second and final coat. For deep hues, you may need to apply an extra coat for the perfect finish. Allow the paint to dry fully for 48 hours before turning on the radiator.
If you’re struggling with selecting shades or concerned about colour combinations, Little Greene Colour Consultants can help you decorate your home with confidence.