Compared to standard paints, radiator paint is specifically designed to resist temperatures of up to 130°C. This makes them suitable for all types of central heating radiators and pipes around your home. Although you can attempt to use other types of paint, from our experience, paint that’s specifically designed for radiators is worth the added investment.
To assist you in selecting a radiator paint, our handpicked selection lists top-performing paints, chosen based on our first-hand experience painting a variety of radiators and pipes. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Radiators Paints
As we own multiple properties (Airbnb’s and rentals), we’ve been able to test out a number of paints on radiators.
For example, below are the before and after results from where we painted a blue radiator back to white during a recent renovation. Luckily, we didn’t need to use a paint stripper but instead, we applied three coats of paint onto the radiator. As you can see from the results, the finish looks flawless and it could easily be mistaken for a new radiator.
It’s important to note that for most radiator painting projects, you would normally only need one or two coats (if it’s a similar colour). However, as the radiator was a dark, deep blue colour, it required an extra coat.
To keep up our commitment to testing and reviewing radiator paints (for this article), we have tested the latest range of radiator paints that can be brushed or sprayed onto the radiator (as shown in the images below). Both provided great results during our testing and are rated highly in our roundup above.
As well as our testing and experience of using a range of radiator paints, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors we considered included the quality and finish of the paint, time it takes to dry, durability, ability to resist yellowing, odour output, heat resistance, ease of application and value.