When deciding to repaint our home one of the first things I was concerned about was how we’d paint behind the radiators. I only lived in one place before that had radiators and it was short term rental so I didn’t bother painting the rads and nevermind behind them. We tried to brainstorm how we would do this and it was like a car trying to start in the dead of winter. Couldn’t get that engine going. There was only thing we could turn to–the search engine.
After seconds of Googling we found our answer on YouTube with this video. This guy has a pretty kickass scottish accent by the way. Shortly after that we went to our local Home Hardware and searched out a small roller and a skinny pole for the roller. Skinny enough to fit behind the rad. Chewy was helping me showcase the items.
Next we needed to protect the rads. As per the videos instructions we covered the rads using garbage bags. I thought this would be unbelievably finnicky; however, if you just let your brain think about it for a minute you will find the solution. Just cut one side of the garbage bag and place it over the rad so the corner of the bag covers the corner of the rad with the side you cut in the center. We just repeated that process with the other side and taped the seam where the two bags met together.
Now there is one issue that we didn’t solve and after painting for two days decided we didn’t care and went ahead with the painting anyhow. We taped the baseboards as far as our hands would reach behind the rad but couldn’t tape the section of the baseboard that was behind the rad. Derek attempted to guide the tape through with a yard stick, but that only partially worked. You can’t see it anyway and there’s definitely no way a guest would ever notice drips of paint on a baseboard behind a radiator. I’ll admit I try to look for it sometimes simply because I know it’s there. But then I forget about it quickly.
We haven’t talked about repainting the rads at all mainly because we feel that the colour they are kind of suits our style and goes with the colour we chose for the walls. It’s a fairly brassy paint.
I thought this was handy information and thought it could help some folks that have radiators themselves. This was a short one, but hopefully a helpful one. Catch you next time neighbor.