How to dismantle a radiator for painting

You want to thoroughly renovate your room, but you can't even get behind the radiator with a special paint roller for radiators. Only one thing can help, you have to reduce it. It's easier than you think.

What preparatory work is necessary?

Switch off your heating system, shut off the gas supply and switch off the heating. Find out now whether your radiator has a shut-off return valve. If he has one, the return can be shut off and you can remove the radiator without draining all of the water from the heating system.
If the radiator does not have a backstop, you must drain the water from the entire heating system. To do this, you have to lower the water level in your heating system so that the water level is below the radiator to be removed.

  • Allen key
  • Vent key
  • Open-ended wrench or water pump pliers
  • screwdriver
  • Bowls, buckets and floor towels

Here's what you need to do

1. Close the thermostatic valve

Close the thermostatic valve so that no more water can flow in. If there is a lockable return valve, close it with an Allen key or an Allen key.

2. Vent the radiator

Vent your radiator so that the remaining pressure can escape and let the water drain out. Don't forget to close the drain valve again.

3. Unscrew the return valve

Now unscrew the non-return valve with water pump pliers or an open-ended wrench and catch the remaining water with a bowl.

4th. Remove the drain pipe

First loosen the radiator drain pipe.

5.Unscrew the radiator

Now you can unscrew the flow of the radiator. This is also done with the pipe wrench or an open-end wrench of the appropriate size.

6th. Remove the radiator

Once the remaining water has drained off, the radiator can be removed from the wall. To do this, loosen the screw connections on the radiator console with a screwdriver. It is best to have two people lift the radiator off the wall.

Now the wall behind it can be painted without restrictions. At the same time, you have the option of painting or spraying your radiator separately. This works best with a standard radiator paint. If the wall and radiator are dry, the process can be repeated in reverse order.

Tips & Tricks When you have removed your radiator, it may be advisable to provide the wall behind with thermal insulation. In this way, the heat from the radiator is not given off to the wall behind, but radiated to the front.