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    Cast Iron Radiators From Traditionals

Benefits of buying a Reproduction Radiator


Before the new cast iron radiator became available it was necessary to salvage an old radiator from schools, churches, hospitals etc.

All the old paint had to be removed from the salvaged radiator and it was then re painted and re tested. Unfortunately problems would occur a few months on with faulty gaskets or even pin holes in the cast iron.

There was also the problem of suitability, with customers having to make do with whatever height, width and style was available at the time. Thus, the functionality of the radiator was often handicapped by either providing too much heat or not enough, rendering it a redundant decorative feature.

The answer is the reproduction models that we now stock. They are exact replicas of the salvaged radiators and are guaranteed for 10 years. The biggest advantage of buying a reproduction cast iron radiator is that they are bespoke and therefore you can have as many sections as you wish according to the size of the room, making it more energy efficient.


Should you decide to purchase a reclaimed cast iron radiator rather than a reproduction the following information should be considered:


A cast iron radiator is made up of sections and each section is attached together using a left and right internal bush which, when tightened, pulls the sections together against a gasket to make it water tight. The weak spot of this design is the gasket, which years ago were made of paper. Many painting and powder coating companies do not realise this, subjecting the radiator to aggressive paint stripping procedures such as acid dipping, burn off furnace and sand blasting. All this will cause damage to the gaskets.


There are many companies that will sand blast and paint or powder coat cast iron radiators. The radiators will look good but this is not a restoration.


To ensure that your reclaimed cast iron radiators are fully restored and not merely cosmetically restored you will need to adhere to the following:

·         Each section must be removed and replaced with a new bush and gasket. Modern gaskets are made from neoprene, rubber or silicon

·         The radiator core must be thoroughly flushed until the silt and debris which has built up over time has been completely removed. A hot chemical should be used for this, cold water alone is not sufficient.

·         The radiator must be subjected to a hot water pressure test of at least 6 bar (100 psi) for a period of 24 hours. Cold water or air pressure testing does not simulate a running heating system and hairline or pinholes will only become apparent when the radiator is plumbed in to your home.

·         A suitable heat resistant wet paint must be used to coat the restored radiator. Do not accept a powder coated finish. Powder coating is without doubt an excellent durable and tough finish. However the process involves curing the radiator in an oven at temperatures of 200 degrees centigrade. This will damage the gaskets.

·         Your heating engineer must fit a pre filter to your heating system. Any debris left in the radiators will dislodge and find its way to the pump, causing it to fail.

·         Check the restorers’ terms and conditions. Consequential loss covers them should your restored radiator leak water all over your new carpets.


For great heat coupled with ageless beauty without any of the hassle, our advice would be to purchase new reproduction cast iron radiators.


delivery service

Radiators are secured to a pallet
and kerbside delivered using HGV.
Please inform us if HGV access to your property is a concern.


Handling radiators

Cast iron radiators are extremely
heavy and great care should be taken
when moving them into your property.
View our "handling radiators" doc

Handling Radiators PDF

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