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Not sure I belong in the Contractor's Chatroom being just a lowly DIYer but do I really need to use high heat paint for hot water baseboard heaters? The spray paint I've found is also suitable for painting wood stoves which seems a little extreme to me.

Any suggestions?

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Bryan
 

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As far as I know your standard Oil based paint is rated up to about 350 degrees. Hi-Heat paints are only needed for (like you said) painting a woodburning stove and the like. A normal Oil based metal primer and oil paint should work for the amount of heat kicked out by a baseboard register.
 

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IF the registers are just hot water base any latex paint will be fine. IF they are electric- you need hiigh heat paint. We painted all electric bases in a house at the homeowners request, and the next year I got a call that all of the paint was peeling. You asked a good question- I have been around awhile, and never knew there was a difference in heaters. I have painted all of my hot water base with the wall color which is a latex matte finish and no problem-
 
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