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Old 08-08-09, 07:50 AM
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baseboard heater covers

What paint can I use to paint baseboard heater covers. Will simple latex hold up?
 
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Old 08-09-09, 01:12 PM
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Yes.

I have done many in the same latex as the walls. Using eggshell finish will make it easier to clean. Never had the stuff melt off from the heat. Have done the whole baseboard -not just the cover only

I too wondered this when I painted my first one. But since repairs of any sort do not bother me, I just tried it. No problems, on both electric 240 volt or water filled baseboards used with boiler systems. Have done both kinds.
 
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Old 08-10-09, 04:17 AM
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While latex will hold up ok, it won't stop any rust. So if rust or bare metal is a concern, either oil base enamel [my 1st choice] should be used or a solvent based primer should be used first and then the latex.
 
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To stop rust best use a solvent primer specifically for rust such as Rustoelum's Rusty Metal Primer.Sand or scrape off any loose material,clean surface well,prime then paint with top coat of your choice.If rust is significant best top coat choice would be an oil enamel however latex may survive expansion/contraction of the heated metal better as it is more flexible.
 
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Thank you all for your input

Thank you all for your input
 
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Old 08-26-09, 03:37 PM
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I painted my heater covers, took them all apart, sanded them down and took them to a car place to have them painted with car paint(just the outside). They looks great. It might be an option. If you sand and prep them, it prob wont cost much, most of my time was in taking them apart and then re-assembly. It was worth it, they look brand new, even tho they are almost 30 years old.
 
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