Painting metal floor heat registers

Old 05-17-16, 07:39 PM
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Painting metal floor heat registers

So we have baseboard heat register sin our house and they are a tan color (previously painted). I was wondering what I need to do to repaint them white? Do they need to be sanded? Or do I need a special type of paint because they are metal? I have never painted something like the before. I do have a paint sprayer I will be using. I also have SW promar 200 primer. Will that work? I also have SW latex white paint that is semi gloss and also their ceiling paint, can't remember the name off the top of my head. It has a more dull finish. Just looking for some pointers before I waste any time on it. If I forget, thanks in advance!
Old 05-17-16, 07:43 PM
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I would use a spray can of Rustoleum white appliance epoxy. If not that, a high gloss oil enamel.
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Ya, you don't want to use any latex primer or paint! If there is any bare metal it will rust and latex doesn't dry to as hard a film as solvent based coatings do [won't wear as well as oil base]

You need to make sure the grilles are relatively clean, a light scuff sanding is always a good idea. No primer is needed. Either a good rattle can paint or oil base enamel would work fine.
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I'll give another recommendation for the Rust-Oleum white appliance epoxy. I've used it on 2 jobs and it was amazing- easy to apply and looks great, even after a year. Steve

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