As our radiators creak to life again, I’m reminded of how obtrusive they can be. You can’t really use the space, and all it seems to function as during the warm seasons is to be a spider’s paradise. I’ve been trying to think of ways to spruce up my radiators, so that even if they can’t hold anything for me, they could at least look good not doing it! You have two main options to radiator renovating: painting or covering.
To start with, if you have a previously unpainted radiator you’ll want to coat it with a bare metal primer to help prevent against rust and for a smoother paint job. If it’s already painted a color you’d like to change, you’ll have to sand it first. You can use sand paper and do it by hand; try taping it around toothbrushes or metal wire to get in all the nooks. Another option is to sandblast it, which will be much quicker and thorough, although the harder part is removing and carrying the radiator outside to do so.