How To Restore Baseboard Heating Element Covers

How to Re-Finish Baseboard Heating Element Covers

By Mark J. Donovan

If you have a hot water baseboard heating system, and your home is at least a few years old, your baseboard heating element covers are probably beginning to show some wear. Baseboard heating element covers typically show the most wear in the bathroom. Because of high moisture levels, and proximity to toilets and showers, baseboard heating element covers located in the bathroom, can begin to rust within just a few months of installation. With a little effort, however, you can easily restore baseboard heating element covers to look as good as new.

First remove the front baseboard heating element covers. There are usually up to two sections that can come off, while the back piece remains on the wall.

After removing the two front sections of each rusted baseboard heating element, sand the entire surfaces of each using steel wool. Be sure to remove all of the rusted areas down to the bare metal.

After sanding, wipe down and dry each element section.

Next, using a small sponge brush, apply a coat of Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel paint.

Let the baseboard heating elements fully dry and then apply one additional coat.

Next tape around the baseboard heating element that is still attached to the wall using masking tape designed for painting. Again lightly sand and apply two coats of Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel pain on this section of heating element cover.

Once dry, re-assemble the baseboard heating element cover and your heating element covers will look as good as new.

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