Painting & Decorating Question

Painting radiators

can you paint radiators with white gloss paint instead of raidiator paint? thanks

9 Answers

Best Answer

take this from a plumber who knows better than painters the whole point and design of a rad is to produce as much heat as possible.The factory enamel coating is designed to produce optimun heat,the more non enamel paint you put on the less performance you will get from your radiator .I always advise all of my customers to never put undercoat or gloss paint on only ever use the paints designed for the correct use.

Answered 4th Apr 2011


Member since 20 Feb 2010

No you cannot paint radiators with oil paints they will yellow after a short time .You must use a water based gloss paint or even a good quality emulsion. That so called special rad paint they sell in D I Y is just another con . PROCTOR DECORATING.

Answered 2nd Apr 2011

Proctor Decorating

Member since 6 Mar 2011

hello, yes you can paint the radiators but the heat from the radiator will cause the paint to develop a yellow tint in a few months especially if its a cheap diy paint.You can get special radiator paint with a gloss finish which require minimal preperation from most good diy stores or pop into your local Dulux or Brewers Decorating centre and im sure they will be happy to assist

Answered 1st Apr 2011

jp kernick

Member since 6 Jan 2010

You are better off painting radiators your radiators with undercoat first with oil based undercoat and then finishing them with a radiator enamel as gloss will go yellow very quick from use. and depeding on how hot they get they will be yellow again within 2 - 3 weeks.
Hope this helps

Answered 3rd Apr 2011

Barron Property & Decorating Services

Member since 25 Mar 2009

Yep not a problem to paint the radiator in gloss, it will yellow quicker than all other woodwork as some have said. Another way is to use vinyl silk emusion!

Answered 2nd Apr 2011


Member since 26 Oct 2008

Simply answer to that is yes you can paint radiators. I prefer it.

Kind Regards
James Cantlon

Answered 2nd Apr 2011


Member since 5 Jul 2010

yes that would be no problem just as long as you paint the radiator with undercoat first

Answered 1st Apr 2011

williamsons decor

Member since 6 Jan 2009

Yes you can paint your radiators, but it might Discolour quicker & crack with the heating. Radiator paint has diferent propertys in it to be flexible so as not to crack under heat.

Answered 2nd Apr 2011

UK Property Services

Member since 21 Feb 2011

yes you can paint radiators with undercost and gloss paint.

Answered 1st Apr 2011

kws decorators

Member since 17 Dec 2008

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