CHI Good Questions: Painting a Radiator?

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Allison sent us a good question: "I have four radiators in my vintage Hyde Park two-bedroom. I just recently purchased my new pad, and noticed in horror that my radiators are quite dirty and need repainting. Does anyone have tips/thoughts on where I can get this done? I think I need to get them sandblasted and then repainted with a specific kind of paint. Thanks!!!"
(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: chicago(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)
Allison, we found this how-to video on painting a vintage cast iron radiator at This Old House, which suggests hiring a professional refinisher to blast off the old paint with aluminum oxide. Afterwards, they repainted simply with a spray primer and then a spray enamel.

We found a link to a local metal stripping and refinishing company called Redi Strip who may be able to help - the site says that they work on home items, including radiators.

Anyone have any other ideas, recommendations or suggestions for Allison? Please let her know in the comments...

Photo: via Take a Good Look at Vintage Radiators at This Old House

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