In this guide we’ll take a look at the best radiator paints for the UK market.
I’ve compared colour, size, finish and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Radiator Paint?
More Detailed Radiator Paint Reviews
Hammerite 400ml Radiator Enamel Aerosol is the best radiator paint if you want to bring shabby radiators up like new and create a nice even finish with no drips.
Hammerite Radiator Enamel is specially formulated to provide a long lasting and heat resistant finish on radiators and hot water pipes. Once finished the paint surface will resist rusting and stay nice and white.
This paint is easy to use and provides a really good finish, even on old, yellowed or rusty radiators. You should prepare the radiator by sanding first and removing as much rust and flaking paint as possible. If you apply the paint in thin even layers you will get a perfect finish. The paint is re-coatable in fifteen minutes and touch dry in 5-6 hours.
You should work in a well-ventilated area, use a mask and cover anything nearby, as this is a spray paint.
Once dry this paint will provide a tough finish that stays bright white for years.
Hammerite REG500 500ml Radiator Paint provides a tough, non-yellowing finish on radiators and water pipes and brings your radiators up looking like new.
This tough formulation covers rust and chips easily, after sanding. It is a low odour paint that is touch dry in 4-6 hours making this product easy to use. It is best to apply two thin coats to get a nice even finish and work quickly as the paint dries fast. The paint is re-coatable in 15 minutes. The tin is enough to cover at least five radiators with two coats.
Once dry this paint provides a durable finish that resists rust and stays nice and bright for years.
Rust-Oleum AE0060006E8 Spray Paint, Cast Iron is a tough, heat resistant enamel paint specially designed for painting radiators.
The paint goes on fairly well but on light coloured radiators, several coats may be required. The paint can be recoated several times in the space of an hour, however, after an hour, the paint must be left for 24 hours before recoating.
This paint has a textured finish and a dark grey colour that gives a cast iron effect. You do need to use quite a lot of this product to get a nice finish. However, once completed your radiator will look great and the tough finish will resist rust and stay looking good for years.
This paint is perfect for cast iron radiators or to give a cast iron paint effect on any radiator.
Ronseal Quick Drying Radiator Spray Paint is available in gloss and satin finishes and provides a durable non-yellowing finish on radiators and hot water pipes.
This paint can be applied directly to the radiator after preparation and provides great coverage and a durable bright, white finish. The paint is re-coatable in 30 minutes and touch dry in only fifteen minutes.
This paint is easy to apply and brings scruffy radiators up like new in no time and with very little mess and fuss.
Dulux Quick Dry Gloss Paint For Wood And Metal is a good value metal paint that requires no primer or undercoat and is low odour and easy to apply.
The 750ml tin will cover a large surface area and the quick-drying formula and low odour makes this product easy to use. It goes on smoothly and provides a smooth, high shine finish.
This is not as durable as specialist radiator paints. However, it will do the job and smarten up your radiators, though the finish may not stay looking good for quite as long. The paint can also be used on any other metal surfaces around the home and garden making this product versatile.
Overall this is an economical and versatile paint for metal surfaces.
How To Paint a Radiator
Before painting radiators turn them off and allow them to cool completely. You should not turn the radiator back on until the paint is completely dry.
You can remove the radiator to make it easier to paint, or you can paint it on the wall.
Clean your radiator thoroughly to remove dust and grease, then lightly sand the radiator to provide a key for the paint to adhere to. Brush it down once more to remove the dust.
You can paint your radiator with any paint suitable for metal surfaces. However, for a longer lasting finish, if you are painting the radiator white, it is advisable to use a specialist radiator paint as this will resist yellowing.
You should protect all surrounding areas and walls with dust sheets and open the windows to provide adequate ventilation. Wear a mask, when applying the paint, especially if you are using a spray formula.
It is best to apply two or more thin coats of paint to prevent drips and an uneven finish. Follow the guidelines on the paint can for recoating times.
How to paint a rusty radiator
If you have large areas of rust or lots of rust spots on your radiator you should sand them thoroughly to remove all of the rust. This may take you back to bare metal, in which case it is advisable to use a metal primer before finishing with the radiator paint of your choice.
How to paint behind a radiator
If you want to paint behind a radiator without removing it from the wall you can use a gloss roller which is smaller than a standard roller and can fit behind the radiator more easily. For difficult corners, you can buy a special radiator brush that has a long, angled handle. Alternatively, you can attach a brush or piece of sponge to a stick with masking tape.