8:58 AM 06/14/2011
I'm thinking of having a radiator sandblasted (it has at least three layers of half flaky paint and half welded-on paint) and then repainted in some sort of metallic color, pewter perhaps. There is a service up in New England called radicalradiator that does such a thing. Anyone local?
Ever Nu metal products (next to my shop on 20th Street) dose this regularly.
They will blast the radiator with an abrasive to a clean surface and then powder coat the item. They stock hundreds of colors, but for a cast iron radiator my preference is a clear dull finish (it looks like pewter). I have had this done for myself several times.
One advantage of powder coating is that the finish is truly cross-linked, therefore stronger than most other finishes. Most bicycle frames are powder coated. Another reason to powder coat a radiator is that there is no solvent involved and no drying. Sprayed liquid finishes will "off gas" one way or another, especially when the radiator heats up.
I believe that Ever Nu has an advert in the Directory.
9:30 AM 06/14/2011 | 5 Votes
southslope, thanks for that comprehensive answer.
9:41 AM 06/14/2011 | 0 Votes