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Old 03-18-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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Can I pain an electric baseboard with spray paint and stain? Or would this cause harm or a fire when heater gets hot?

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:12 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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oh that is an excellent question.


i would think you should be fine as long as you use a high-temp paint. you can buy it in spray cans, most likely at your local automotive parts store. its used to paint engine blocks, etc. . .


another option might be powder coating. if you have someone in your town that does this, ask them for a price.

i get stuff powder coated every now and then, and small parts are very inexpensive.

of course price varies by area, but in my neck of the woods, having the baseboard heater cover powder-coated would probably cost around $35-$40, and it'll look like a million bucks when finished.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:15 PM
 
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Paint acts as an insulation when applied to any heating element which is commonly done to large radiators so no I wouldn't suggest it even before considering if it was hazardous or not.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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I'm not knowledgeable about how paint jeopardizes efficiency (does seem probable, but to what extent I don't know), but for me the visual appearance of radiators and baseboards came first - I know, I know, perhaps my priorities were skewed.

Anyway, we've painted steam radiators, electric baseboards, and hotwater baseboards with the same latex paint we used on mouldings and trims in the particular rooms. Right or wrong, that's what we did and without any negative consequence.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:39 AM
 
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I owned a home for 10 years with electric baseboards-they were painted when we got there and I painted them as we painted rooms over the years, with the latex we used. Never had any problems or bubbling or smell. (fyi, paint with them OFF lol.)

I mean, yes they get hot but-you use latex on the outside of the house and it gets really hot in summer and doesn't burst into flame.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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I'm not knowledgeable about how paint jeopardizes efficiency (does seem probable, but to what extent I don't know), but for me the visual appearance of radiators and baseboards came first....
Just did a little research and I may be wrong about the efficiency it's not going to require more energy to heat with it however the more paint you add the less heat it will produce. You're reducing how much heat it can transfer to the room.

If you really want to clean it up find somewhere local that does sand blasting and take it there. It will look like brand new when you get it back. Some of those old radiators are quite decorative but you can't see the detail through the 50 layers of paint on them..
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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the coalman is missing one important issue. With electric baseboard heat, the heat transfer takes place at the fins inside the unit, not through the painted surface. The old style cast iron radiators would be effected, but not the slant fins within the electric baseboard heaters.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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the coalman is missing one important issue. With electric baseboard heat, the heat transfer takes place at the fins inside the unit, not through the painted surface. The old style cast iron radiators would be effected, but not the slant fins within the electric baseboard heaters.
According to the Kent Mechanical Engineers Handbook published in 1925 - my Bible for the antique steam and hot water systems in a commercial building and my home - painting cast iron or steel radiators has an infinitesimal effect.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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We have one room over the garage that has two long baseboard electric heaters and when I re-did the room I used a high-temp spray paint and sprayed them. Still heat the same and no issues after a few years.
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