Best Radiator Paints in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 30, 2020
Radiator paints will allow you to make old, faded radiators and pipes look grand. Plus, the best radiator paints last decades without going from white to something far less pleasant than white. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The paint has practically no smell. Two coats will be enough to make radiators look nice and smooth, even around areas where the old paint has peeled off, so you'll be able to smooth down those rough edges that still have old paint sticking. 

CONS

The paint is thin and runny. 

OUR VERDICT

Hammerite 5084917 will not only make household radiators and pipes more presentable but also allow them to lose less heat, increasing energy efficiency and sometimes even reducing energy bills. 

detailed parameters
Package Contents

0.5 L tin (colour: satin white) 

Best For

Water-filled household radiators, hot water pipes 

Application Method

Brush

Formula

Hard-wearing, low-odour, heat-resistant, yellowing-resistant, and rust-resistant formula 

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

4-6 hours

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The formula is not too runny, so you can apply it without dripping and spilling all over the place. The paint takes no more than 60-120 minutes to dry out. You'll be able to layer 2-3 coats and still make the finish smooth.

CONS

The tin is pretty hard to close tight. 

OUR VERDICT

Rustins RADE500 can be used to paint various appliances and objects throughout the house, from bathtubs to old basement fridges. The paint's heat-resistant, so you can rest assured the finish will not turn yellow with time.

detailed parameters
Package Contents

0.5 L tin (colour: gloss white)

Best For

Water-filled household radiators, hot water pipes

Application Method

Brush

Formula

Hard-wearing, low-odour, heat-resistant, yellowing-resistant, and rust-resistant formula

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

1-2 hours

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The paint will not start peeling off even when the pipes are boiling hot and the room is humid. You can add this paint onto gates and railings without worrying about rust. The 0.5-litre tub will let you paint at least five medium-sized radiators. 

CONS

The paint takes some time to dry out. 

OUR VERDICT

Hammerite REG500 usually lasts at least 10 years without fading, yellowing, and falling victim to rust and corrosion. You can apply the paint without using primers and undercoats. The tin seals the paint tight. 

detailed parameters
Package Contents

0.5 L tin (colour: gloss white)

Best For

Water-filled household radiators, hot water pipes

Application Method

Brush

Formula

Hard-wearing, low-odour, heat-resistant, yellowing-resistant, and rust-resistant formula

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

4-6 hours

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Even when applied onto previously painted radiators, the paint's adhesion is excellent. The formula's heat-resistant to 190°C, so even the hottest pipes will not be able to damage the paint. The creamy consistency is rich enough to paint quick yet thorough. 

CONS

The tin is pretty small. 

OUR VERDICT

Fascinating Finishes Ltd Radiator Paint, with its satin anthracite grey shade, will fit lofts and most modern living spaces much more than white paints. Plus, you can mix the paint with different radiator paints and achieve unique shades.

detailed parameters
Package Contents

0.15 L tin (colour: satin anthracite grey)

Best For

Water-filled household radiators, hot water pipes

Application Method

Brush or roller 

Formula

Hard-wearing, heat-resistant, rust-resistant, and easy-to-clean formula

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

2-4 hours

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

You will not be forced to clean the brushes and smooth out brush marks when you stick with this can. Even compared to sprayers though, this can is more efficient, with the EasySpray™ tech giving you more control over the spray-painting process. 

CONS

You'll have to shake the bottle hard before using this one. 

OUR VERDICT

Plasti-kote 26102 does not require experience with paints, brushes, rollers, and such. The sprayer takes less time and effort than standard tubs filled with paint yet the product's formula is about as hard-wearing and resistant against rust as these ordinary paints. 

detailed parameters
Package Contents

0.4 L spray (colour: satin white)

Best For

Water-filled household radiators, hot water pipes

Application Method

Built-in sprayer (EasySpray™ technology)

Formula

Hard-wearing, low-odour, heat-resistant, yellowing-resistant, and rust-resistant formula

Dry Time (Touch Dry)

2-3 hours

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Hammerite 5084917

Virtually no Smell

Hammerite 5084917 has been formulated to make sure the brilliant enamel white finish lasts, heat-resistant enough to be applied onto water-filled household radiators and hot water pipes without worrying that the paint would not last.

Most radiator paints claim that they do not smell that much but that's usually an understatement. Here though, we can get behind the low-odour claim, so you can use this paint even inside premises with limited ventilation.

Hammerite 5084917 will not be turning yellow with time and even rust will not be able to claim this paint. However, the paint is pretty thin and very runny, so you'll sometimes have to apply twice and exercise caution to prevent spills.

When talking about dry time, the formula usually takes somewhere between four to five hours to dry out, not great but not much to complain about either. Besides that, the 0.5-litre tin will last, we can tell you that much. The lid's easy to open yet also not hard to close tight, so the paint inside will not be drying out eventually.

Bottom line, what we have here is an excellent radiator paint, with its satin white finish able to fit most decorative schemes and the hard-wearing formula providing enough longevity to last decades.

Review of Hammerite 5084917 500ml Radiator Paint - Satin White

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Rustins RADE500

Painting Anything Brilliant White

Rustins RADE500 is solvent-based. This enamel solution paints radiators and pipes glossy white and makes sure they're able to remain white without turning yellow due to heat. Of course, not unlike most radiator paints, this product ought to be used with water-filled household radiators and not applied onto oil-filled electric radiators.

The formula's great, making the paint thick but not too thick, easy to apply and easy to avoid spills and messes. The smell's not bad too, which is not even that important though because the smell goes away fast. Almost as fast as the time this paint takes to dry out, usually complete within two hours tops, sometimes even less than 90 minutes. Thanks to the deep-penetrating formula, you'll be able to apply 2-3 coats and still have the paint turn dry in less time than most radiator paints take to dry out one coat.

Sure, the product's been designed to paint radiators and pipes first but no one's stopping you from using this bucket to paint fridges and various appliances around the house. The lid's pretty hard to close tight though, so make sure you've done that before moving the tin.

In other words, Rustins RADE500 will be able to turn anything brilliant white and ensure that the white finish lasts.

Review of Rustins RADE500 500ml Radiator Paint Satin

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Hammerite REG500

At Least 10 Years

Hammerite REG500 is pretty ordinary compared to most radiator paints except that the price is more attractive and the gloss paint lasts much more than those products usually do. It is quite hard-wearing, so there's very little chance the paint will start chipping and peeling off within the next ~10 years. The company's solvents are normally pretty forgiving smell-wise and this one's no exception, so you can paint without feeling like the room's filled with nasty chemicals.

Besides that, the product's heat resistance is almost abnormally high, so you can apply this solution onto most water-filled household radiators and hot water pipes without worrying about the paint yellowing. The formula also contains elements that protect the coats from rust and corrosion, which's nice since that means you can use this paint even inside humid rooms.

What's not necessarily nice is that the paint takes quite some time to dry out, usually at least five hours, sometimes even six. On the bright side, you can apply the paint onto most surfaces made from various metals and ceramic, from bathtubs to basement toilets. So, as long as you exercise patience, this is the paint that will not disappoint, not today, not tomorrow, not 10 years from now.

Review of Hammerite REG500 500ml Radiator Paint - Gloss White

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Fascinating Finishes Ltd Radiator Paint

Terrific Adhesion and Coverage

This Fascinating Finishes Ltd Radiator Paint tin will not let you paint multiple radiators, that goes without saying considering the tin's 150-millilitre capacity. But the paint is so good that you might end up purchasing multiple tins anyway, even though that will cost you some. You'd think that's not the most economical approach but, when taking into account the paint's brilliant adhesion to all previously painted radiators, you can see why one might choose to splurge. Plus, the formula's satin anthracite grey finish will usually fit modern decorative scheme much more than white paints.

Aside from that, this paint is self-priming, meaning that you can use this one straight from the tin without applying undercoats and such beforehand. Also, it is heat-resistant to 190 degrees Celcius, so you can paint the hottest pipes, the finish will not start flaking and forming rust patches. What's more, the rich creamy texture offers excellent coverage, so you'll usually be done within ~20 minutes tops.

When you do not overlook the fact that the formula's also pretty easy to clean, you can make an argument that this paint puts those massive buckets to shame, even though buying them is less hassle than purchasing multiple tins.

Review of Fascinating Finishes Ltd Radiator Paint 1 x 150ml Anthracite/Dark Grey Heat Resistant Satin

 

Plasti-kote 26102

Ditch the Old Ways

Painting with brushes and rollers is not fun, that's what our grandparents used to do and we're not about that life. With Plasti-kote 26102, you won't have to do that though. You won't have to clean the brush(es) and will not have to deal with brush marks on radiators. Using this paint, you can spray domestic radiators and water pipes down, no spills, no messes, no time wasted.

More than that, the EasySpray™ tech will provide added control over spraying. The can's large yet comfortable finger pad requires about 35% less finger pressure compared to most sprayers, whilst the twist-and-lock mechanism means you will not have to remove/replace any separate tops when you're done spraying. In the meantime, the large cap with its button design will shield the finger from the paint to make the spray-painting process nice and clean.

The formula is as hard-wearing and rust-resistant as most standard radiator paints', though its heat resistance is limited to 100 degrees Celcius, normally enough but less than the paint we've reviewed above. You'll also have to shake the bottle pretty hard before use but these flaws are insignificant compared to the convenience that comes with the spray and the reduced time frame required to paint even multiple radiators.

Review of Plasti-kote 26102 400ml Radiator Satin Spray Paint - White

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What Is Radiator Paint?

Water-filled household radiators and hot water pipes can be annoying and demanding at times but, when they're there, these heat exchangers are pretty important since they're usually the only reason your place is not freezing cold during winter. Plus, when you coat them with the right radiator paint, they're not that demanding.

These paints are designed to withstand heat as high as 100-200 degrees without forming rust, fading, and turning yellow. They're usually able to last at least 10 years before starting to flake. More often than not, the paints we're talking about do not smell that much and take somewhere between 2 and 6 hours to dry out, depending on the formula. They're even able to reduce heat loss sometimes, which's great as that means reduced heating/energy bills.

Generally speaking, the paints we're discussing here come inside 0.5-litre tins/buckets that you can use to stain 4-5 medium-sized radiators with the right paint brushes. Sometimes though, you'll find spray cans that make things less complicated and virtually mess-free. When that's not the case, you can look into separate paint sprayers.

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Publish Date: 2020-03-30 11:06:11