Cast Iron Radiators of Death
June 11, 2014 3:14 PM Subscribe
Mr. Kitty and I are pretty handy, but removing 100 layers of 100 year old paint from our cast iron radiators may kill us. Who can we pay to make this problem someone else's?
posted by Suffocating Kitty to Home & Garden (11 answers total)
So we are renovating our home (slowly, but surely) and are sprucing up our cast iron radiators. They are original to the house, and based on the zillion (more likely 15) layers of paint on them, we are the only ones to ever try to remove their paint. So this sounds easy, but it's not. We tried all the ways to do it ourselves with limited success. We want to pay someone else to whisk away our ton or so of radiators, strip them, paint them, and magically place them back at our doorstep.
We KNOW there are companies that do this, but finding companies near Philadelphia (and not say...England) is feeling impossible.
The rules -
1.) Must use chemical bath for stripping. Because of reasons [like compression fittings, paper filters, pitting, yada yada yada] they can't be sand blasted.
2.) Must come and take them away. Literally - we have over 2,000 lbs of radiators to refinish. The smallest weighing about 300 lbs, the largest somewhere near 600. They will not fit in the Prius.
I have googled this six ways to Sunday, but can't find any closer than upstate New York. Philadelphia is an old city, surely there are resources for renovating old houses here? So Mefites, who did you use to restore your radiators in the City of Brotherly Love?