Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Radiator Stripping-A sequel

We knew at some point this summer that we'd get to radiators-but had no idea that it would be this weekend! But, like any good sequel, you need to do something a little different. Otherwise, who would go see it?

The rental radiators were never done and we never planned on touching them. When we hired someone to move some radiators around, the person also chose to install every single radiator backwards. The result, is typically a color of paint at the top of the radiator, and sides, which looks particularly bad. (even worse than flaking paint!) With the mixture of both flaking paint and 3 or more colors staring back at you, it really was abominable.

So, I mention to Glenn "I think we should paint the radiator in the rental kitchen because it looks particularly bad. But, I think we should not bother sandblasting, just scrape off what we can, and go from there."

In the interest of working expeditiously, we left the radiator hooked up, and Glenn used the angle grinder with metal attachment. It worked magnificently. An hour or so later, this is what we had:

We don't have a before photo (sorry, I didn't expect Glenn to work on it right away-we were showing the apartment this weekend!) You have to trust me that it really did a wonderful job.

Of course, this method is horrible health wise because if there's lead paint on the radiator, you'd be kicking that up, which is a big no no.

We now are thinking that perhaps some huge radiators that we can't take out can be spot grinded. And heck, that system is much quicker than the sandblasting, so we'll have to see how the rest of the paint removal goes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be really really carefull my friends, I'm a 60 year old landlord in Andersonville. I'm redoing an apartment just like yours I did three years ago and is back to the before pics.

Best wishes and patience my friends, Don't let anyone paint ....


May 29, 2007 11:46 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

We used a grinder to clean off the remaining paint after the chemical stripper (very gross). It does work well and looks nice!

Be picky- you're worth it!

May 31, 2007 7:53 AM  

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