How To Remove A Radiator For Painting
As much as we hate to admit it, the only way to paint behind a radiator properly is to remove the radiator from the wall.
There are many tips and trips around on how to get behind the radiator with sponges stapled to sticks and small angled brushes but if you don’t want the hassle of that we advise removing the radiator from the wall.
Being able to remove the radiator easily allows for a stress-free painting experience that takes far less time.
How to remove a radiator for painting?
Below is a step by step process of how to remove a radiator off the wall.
Preparing for removing the radiator from the wall
To remove a radiator for painting you need a waterproof cover for the floor area to prevent water staining as the majority of the time the water that comes out of the radiator is not clean.
You’ll need a container or tray to catch the water from the radiator and a large bowl or bucket to tip the contents into.
Make sure your heating is turned off on the radiator you want to remove. To do this you need to turn off the inlet and outlet valves fully to stop the water flow.
Make sure the two valves on the radiator have closed, this can be checked by opening the vent at the top of the radiator to check whether the valves have worked. Water should stop coming out.
Equipment needed to remove a radiator
You will need a spanner or pipe wrench to loosen the nuts on the radiator valves and a bleeding key or screwdriver.
Other than the trays, bucket and floor covering already mentioned make sure you can physically lift the radiator or get help from someone else so you can lift it together.
Removing a radiator from the wall
Place your water trays under the radiator valves then slacken off the nut on inlet valve you then use the bleed key to control the water flow out of the radiator, allow air into the radiator.
Once the water stops running out, then place a tray under the opposite end, slacken the nut to release only remaining water.
Then shut off the bleed valve, disconnect the radiator case and the valve connectors free from the radiator, next lift the radiator from its wall brackets.
Turn the radiator upside down to keep any remaining water in the radiator to move it to avoid spillage.
You should leave a tray under your thermostat valve in case it allows water flow automatically if you have not capped it off.
Putting Your Radiator Back On The Wall
Before putting your radiator back on the wall, we advise the one-time installation of Rotarad. It allows you to remove your radiator from the wall in less than a minute for any future painting and thorough cleaning.
To replace your radiator, you sit your radiator back onto the wall brackets, then reconnect your valve connectors and tighten the nuts at both ends.
Then open your bleed valve open your inlet valve until the water comes out then open your outlet valve, in some instances you may need to repressurise your system.
Removing Radiator From The Wall, Installing Rotarad And Putting Radiator Back On Wall
If you’re planning on removing your radiator anyway then now’s the best time for the one time installation of Rotarad. It gives you easy access for future decorating and cleaning, allowing one person to drop the radiator in a less than a minute.
Below is a video to show you how to remove a radiator from the wall and how to install Rotarad when putting the radiator back on the wall.
To make it easier we've created a video with each step by step mentioned above with the additional step of installing a drop down radiator removal kit.