painting hot water pipes

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Old 07-14-04, 05:22 PM
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I have a hydronic hot water heating system. Pipes in the basement have surface rust. Is it ok to paint with a rust paint? One person I consulted advised that the pipes have to "breathe"? -- Yet I have seen other homes where the basement pipes (as well as the upstairs radiators and piping) are painted with no apparent ill effects? Any advice would be appreciated.
 
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Old 07-15-04, 01:37 AM
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Wink Painting heating pipes.

??? breathe ?? never heard of steel heating pipes breathing. Hope they don't snore as well Ha Ha Ha. I would suspect the pipes may have been prevously painted with a water based paint. Clean off and prime with a oil based primer and then recoat with a good enamel. Do not use a water based paint on steel. Otherwise it gets the measles. Keep the pipes dry and then they won't rust again.




]I have a hydronic hot water heating system. Pipes in the basement have surface rust. Is it ok to paint with a rust paint? One person I consulted advised that the pipes have to "breathe"? -- Yet I have seen other homes where the basement pipes (as well as the upstairs radiators and piping) are painted with no apparent ill effects? Any advice would be appreciated.[/QUOTE]
 
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Old 07-16-04, 06:38 PM
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If you decide to spray with rustoleum, open the windows, extinguish any open flame like a gas pilot on a burner or stove or water heater, setup a fan in and out by the window.... pipes are painted all the time... have at it...
 
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Old 07-17-04, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by jdsaint
One person I consulted advised that the pipes have to "breathe"?
Now that's a good one...

Follow what Narroc suggests just don't do it while the pipes are hot.
 
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