Radiator Stripping Begins

by Josh on August 8, 2006 · 2 comments

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Yesterday Victoria asked me how my radiator paint stripping was coming since I bought that Peel Away a couple weeks ago. Coincidentally, this was the same day I decided to start that project.

Peel Away on Radiator In less than an hour I got the radiator ready to strip and the Peel Away applied. It was a little tricky rolling the dolly with the radiator into the plastic pool, but after that the process went smoothly.

I applied the stripper in a thick coat and I found that by the time I had worked from one side of the radiator to the other, the first side was already working, though the stripper was sliding down the radiator fins. I went back over the areas where the stripper had slid and smoothed it back into place before covering the area with the Peel Away paper.

Peel Away on Radiator detail When I shapped these photos this morning, the Peel Away had been working for about 16 hours. The discoloration in the paper shows that the paint is being softened and pulled from the metal. I will leave the stripper on until tomorrow morning, which will put me in the 24-48 hour working time for the product.

Unlike the fireplace bricks I stripped, I don’t expect to spend a lot of time scraping and brushing at the softened paint once the Peel Away is gone. The radiator doesn’t have the porous texture the bricks did and I can accept less than perfect paint removal because I’ll be repainting the radiator.

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neon-mamacita August 17, 2006 at 11:09 am

Ha. I just love the photo of the radiator in the kiddie pool 🙂 Quick question for ya: Where in the Mpls/St. Paul area did you buy your Peel Away? I can’t for the life of me track it down around here and I could REALLY use some!


Josh August 17, 2006 at 2:57 pm

I get mine at Sherwin Williams. They have several stores in town. I’ll send you an email off-blog with some details.


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