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  1. #1
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    Default Cleaning Painted Radiators?

    Ok so our radiators are extremely dusty and the people who lived in the house before us (we rent) decided to paint he actual radiators black, not the covers but the actual radiator. It is almost impossible for us to get all the dust off, actually when we try to dust them it just sticks more. Does anyone have any ideas on what to use to clean the radiators. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Painted Radiators?

    Repaint them with a gloss enamel (preferably dust colored) or build "screened" enclosures to hide them like many old homes have.
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    Default Re: Cleaning Painted Radiators?

    thanks for the tip but that doesnt help getting the dust OFF the readiators, every time they go on they spray dust all over the place we need to clean them not just repaint them.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Painted Radiators?

    It sounds like you have fan forced convectors, not radiators. Radiators are usually cast iron and are not in a sheet metal enclosure in order to let the heat radiate off the surfaces. They are easily cleaned with a damp rag. Convectors are in a sheet metal enclosure and have a lot of fins that heat the air as it is rising through them. Then the air heats the space by convection. They are made with and without fans. If you have convectors, vacuum them while using a long bristle brush, then blow them out with compressed air. Yes the dust will go everywhere. Use a box fan with a fiberglass filter taped to the outlet side to catch some of it. Install an air filter in the filter rack in the bottom and you wont have this problem again. The ones without a fan don't have filters usually, and they probably don't need them.
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    Default Re: Cleaning Painted Radiators?

    Radiators are heat exchangers used to transfer thermal energy from one medium to another for the purpose of cooling and heating. The majority of radiators are constructed to function in automobiles, buildings, and electronics. The radiator is always a source of heat to its environment, although this may be for either the purpose of heating this environment, or for cooling the fluid or coolant supplied to it, as for engine cooling.

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