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Old 07-26-2009, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wondering if it is best to use a high temp engine paint on the radiator, at least the top tank, I assume regular paint is good for the frame. Thanks
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Don't use any high temp engine enamel on your radiator. Go to Eastwood and get the right stuff for the job. BTW Radiator Gloss is too glossy, go with the Satin Finish. http://www.eastwood.com/ew-radiator-...in-finish.html

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I used krylon semi-gloss, light on the fins, buffed slightly when dry with an old tee-shirt, mimics the factory look very well.
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I used krylon semi-gloss, light on the fins, buffed slightly when dry with an old tee-shirt, mimics the factory look very well.
This may look correct...

However regular paint is an insulator and will reduce the cooling capacity of your radiator. Even when using radiator paint, use a very thin coat.

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I used krylon semi-gloss, light on the fins, buffed slightly when dry with an old tee-shirt, mimics the factory look very well.
This may look correct...

However regular paint is an insulator and will reduce the cooling capacity of your radiator. Even when using radiator paint, use a very thin coat.

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regular paint is an insulator and will reduce the cooling capacity of your radiator. Even when using radiator paint, use a very thin coat.
I have a customer that makes/rebuilds radiators and
asked them this very question "is there special paint for
radiators" They told me it didn't matter.
I did get a can of lacquer paint that I used on mine,
it's thinner than enamel.
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Don't use any high temp engine enamel on your radiator. Go to Eastwood and get the right stuff for the job. BTW Radiator Gloss is too glossy, go with the Satin Finish. http://www.eastwood.com/ew-radiator-...in-finish.html

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I would be remiss if I didn't comment on this one. Recently I ordered 2 cans of Eastwood's Radiator Black (sufficient to paint 1 radiator) -- unfortunately, I must have hit a bad bunch of paint from them. They (generously) kept sending me more cans but I couldn't get any of them to spray for longer than 10 to 15 seconds before the can would plug up and refuse to spray. (I went through 6 cans!) I did NOT have this problem with any of the other paint that I purchased from them at the same time -- only the radiator paint.

Were I you, I'd certainly ask if they've got that problem cleared up before I'd order.
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I would be remiss if I didn't comment on this one. Recently I ordered 2 cans of Eastwood's Radiator Black (sufficient to paint 1 radiator) -- unfortunately, I must have hit a bad bunch of paint from them. They (generously) kept sending me more cans but I couldn't get any of them to spray for longer than 10 to 15 seconds before the can would plug up and refuse to spray. (I went through 6 cans!) I did NOT have this problem with any of the other paint that I purchased from them at the same time -- only the radiator paint.

Were I you, I'd certainly ask if they've got that problem cleared up before I'd order.

I ordered a couple of their cans of Radiator paint a couple weeks ago. No issues with spray clog whatsoever. In fact, the paint laid down very nicely and the final appearance is exceptional.

Bad batch? Is it possible for local humidity / temp to contribute to clogging? (just wondering)
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I used 3 eastwood cans of zinc phosphate over the weekend, same thing happened. Humidity was 50%. I had to keep taking the spray nozzle off and wiping it, it then worked. I think they get bad batches sometimes.
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