Radiator Pipes

Discussion in 'Painters' Talk' started by Little Miss DIY, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. Little Miss DIY

    Little Miss DIY New Member

    There appears to be about 4 layers of paint on my radiator pipes. Is it safe to strip them with Nitromors or should I use something else?
  2. big all

    big all Screwfix Select

    heeelllooo l m d the trouble with nitamors is its quite
    caustic[it will strip colour out the carpet]take paint
    off what it touches
    now if your careful it will do the job brilliantly and if
    you accidently touch something else you must flush it out
    with water try protecting surfaces with plastic or
    cling film

    big all
  3. Little Miss DIY

    Little Miss DIY New Member

    Big All, thanks. Could I do the same with the radiator (i'll remove and take outside) cus that's in need of a new coat aswell?
  4. big all

    big all Screwfix Select

    yep no problem but you should in theory use radiator
    now its probably better if the paint is sticking to the
    radiator to rub it down to give it a key and then paint
    over the top
    but if its rough as you say zap it with nito
    if you get the right one you can hose it off outside
    [water based nitro]

    good stripping

    big all
  5. big all

    big all Screwfix Select

    another couple of thoughts in the cold light of day

    remove all plastic bits [valve caps ect]before nitroing

    when you turn the valves off note how many turns you turn
    it[important for balancing the central heating]it will
    still work if you don't

    you get a horrible black sludge coming out of the radiator
    when you drain it so protect your floor
    open the bleed valve to speed up drainage but not to much
    or it will shoot out like a fountain

    when you've emptied it put a bit of rag in each hole
    cos their is ALWAYS some sludge left

    if you know all this sorry

    good luck

    big all
  6. nigel

    nigel Guest

    Why do you need to strip them? if its to repaint why not use clip on pipe covers and save yourself the grief.
  7. Little Miss DIY

    Little Miss DIY New Member

    Thanks fer the top tips B.A. No I didn't have a clue & that would have been my next post!!!

    Nigel, I wasn't aware there was such a thing as covers, i'll have to look them up, thanx.
  8. Dewy

    Dewy New Member

    Those pipe covers just snap on. Similar to pipe lagging. They have a slit along the length so you can fit them onto the pipes. It covers a multitude of sins. lol
  9. big all

    big all Screwfix Select

    undo the nut bellow the bleed screw first to drain the radiator contains a lot more water than you think
    have a second vesil to hand [ice cream tubs square basin
    ect]if its nearly full close bleed screw change container
    then open ect ect

    big all
  10. Little Miss DIY

    Little Miss DIY New Member

    Thanks B.A.
    This is better than any college course: step by step instructions and a forum of knowledge to hand. Maybe one day I might be able to offer the correct advice to somebody, who knows!
  11. big all

    big all Screwfix Select

    one last thing

    you'll need "plumbers" ptfe tape
    you wind it round the threads about 15 times
    before you finally retighten the nuts

    big all
  12. Tangoman

    Tangoman Well-Known Member

    I had the same problem with some piping. So many coats of paint on it and the last few were terribly finished.
    Tried Nitromors, one bottle and I had cleaned about 15cm of pipe. Instead put a wire brush (50p) on the end of a drill and used that. Kept the pressure on the pipe light - finished product looked like new pipes. Good for getting into the joints too.

    If you do decide to use nitromors, be very very careful, particularly with your eyes.


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