Painting Baseboard Heaters

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Old 01-06-03, 08:37 AM
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Painting Baseboard Heaters

For back up heat for our new heat pumps, we have 1972 vintage Singer baseboard heaters throughout our house - 17 to be exact. Some need painting - are they paintable and what kind of paint is recommended? Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 01-07-03, 07:32 PM
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You can probably paint anything except water. For a small item such as this, I would consider spray primer such as Kilz and spray finish paint.
 
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Old 01-08-03, 05:01 AM
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I simply painted mine with the same paint I used for my wood trim, satin latex. They have been fine.
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Old 01-11-03, 03:13 AM
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Ive also see them painted in latex seemed to be holding up well.However if i was going to do it id use oil just because it is more dureable to scuffing.And there will be less brush strokes.High glose would look nice.
 
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Old 01-11-03, 06:40 PM
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I've painted our baseboard heaters using Latex, and matching the wall color - not the trim. Brushing them works fine.
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Old 01-12-03, 07:25 AM
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I always use a slow drying oil-based primer such as Ben Moore's Enamel Underbody before a latex finish coat. The primer deters paint failure due to dry heat blasting thru them in winter months.
 
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Old 01-12-03, 07:30 AM
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It probably doesn't hurt to use a primer, but:
My elec baseboard heaters were were painted in the late 80's with two coats of latex satin and they are fine. The heat hasn't bothered them at all.
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