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Old 10-04-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Soot Baseboard Heaters?


Has anybody seen what looks like burn marks or soot on electric baseboard heaters and on the wall above them? The walls were painted less than 2 years ago with latex paint, and the baseboard heaters were installed new at the same time.
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Was the enclosure of the heaters also painted or were they left alone?

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baseboards were unpainted
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Are these heater on interior or exterior walls?

Most of these problems are from dust, etc in the air. And as the heated air rises along the wall it hits cold spots and the dust, etc. is transferred to the wall. Also called thermal tracking, warm moist air hitting cold spots on the walls and leaving deposits.

If you leave it long enough it works almost as good as thermal imaging, and you can see where the insulation is bad and where the studs are, etc.
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That sounds cool, but one wall is interior and the other is exterior. The interior wall is concrete, and the exterior is 6" wood frame. I thought it might have something to do with dust as well, or nicotine.
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Actually its paint fumes settleing on the units ,when they are fired up the fumes burn off. same thing happens in a home with gas logs (fireplace) If not covered while painting itll smoke when turned on.
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To the OP
I'm not sure where it comes from, but I've seen what you described in apartments many times. I just paint over it.

Nicotine would usually be more on the ceiling and upper walls.
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The walls i'll be working on slowly has this. I figured it was one of the above + the walls slant in from above the vents to the ceiling. No big deal in my opinion.
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ask a heat ac guy, always falls back on cracked heat exchangers and paint fumes . silly as it may sound.
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The walls i'll be working on slowly has this.
ummm...what?
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Are these heater on interior or exterior walls?

Most of these problems are from dust, etc in the air. And as the heated air rises along the wall it hits cold spots and the dust, etc. is transferred to the wall. Also called thermal tracking, warm moist air hitting cold spots on the walls and leaving deposits.

If you leave it long enough it works almost as good as thermal imaging, and you can see where the insulation is bad and where the studs are, etc.

This Is a great answer & the one you are looking for...............
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I'm just guessing...

..but nicotine in a non-smoking unit would result in painting charges deducted from a security deposit.
Maybe that was the answer he was looking for.

Come on, OP....was it?
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It seems all tenants around here smoke, and this one was no exception.

I'm inclined to think it's the paint fumes settling on the registers since I've seen it in other apartments on interior walls.

So the next questions are: (1) how do you correct it? and (2) how do you prevent it?

I'm guessing stain killer for primer, then paint as usual for #1, and, I'm guessing plastic drop cloth for #2, but I would love to hear other suggestions
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This Is a great answer & the one you are looking for...............
It could also be the heat transfer thingy I guess... would the correction be the same?
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Well...like I said, I just paint over it.

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BTW...thanks for not going off on me.

(I've been getting a lot of that lately)
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NP Steve

One tenant had the same thing going on in his apt and he offered to paint the wall himself if I gave him the paint. He's a long-term tenant so I went along with it. He painted it with no primer and the stain came back... maybe it is this heat transfer, but that heater was on an interior wall as well...

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