Here is a first look at the results of my paint stripping the bedroom radiator. I scraped the Peel Away off this afternoon, roughly 48 hours after application. As you can see, most of the paint came off easily, but in some places where the stripper was not thick enough or dried out too quickly, the paint remains.
There is also quite a mess of chunks of dried stripper paste that have collected near the bottom of the radiator fins that my tools just can’t reach. Although this is progress, I’m ambivalent that I’m on the right track with my stripping method.
I should add that these results are preliminary. I did only a cursory job of brushing at the remaining paint, and I need to get a more narrow brush to clean the interior surfaces of the radiator. Better tools and more time might yield a result I can accept, so I’m going to try that.
But I’m also going to research sandblasting to see if I can find someone who would haul away, clean, repaint, and return this radiator and a couple others as well. (The sunroom radiator is awkwardly long and has moderately peeling paint. I know I can’t let that situation continue indefinitely with a child and a dog in the house.)
With a limited number of hours and dollars invested in the radiator now, I think it is a good time to evaluate my approach. To get the radiator satisfactorily clean and repainted on my own will require getting some new wire brushes and spending some more time scrubbing the metal myself. Depending on what I find out about the cost of sandblasting, I may find it more appealing to outsource this job to someone else so I can focus on other parts of the bedroom project.