An example of a recently refurbished antique cast iron radiator for a customer. This is known as a single column or dutchess and dates from the early 20th century.The customer wanted original valves with the inlet and outlet at one end, the original bleeder valve, the original keeps(plates holding the rad to the wall) with brass nuts(not shown).He also wanted it painting in Farrow and Ball paint.
The radiator was flushed out after removing the bushes using a hose and bottle brush, then pressure tested, then sandblasted and primed, then pressure tested again, the correct bushes attached using hemp and boss white paste on the threads. A pair of original -approx 1920's- valves were found to fit.These and the bleeder valves were hand stripped of paint and polished but not overpolished. Two coats of Farrow and Ball eggshell oilpaint were then hand brushed on.
I have a large amount of cast iron radiators for sale from the standard types to the unusual and i am happy to work with customers to find a set that suits their requirements (size, type and heat outputs) and am able to restore them to whatever stage required including stripping old paint off, flushing and cleaning the insides, priming and painting. I can supply with the inlet and outlets in the preferred positions and with new bushes (threaded reducers for attaching valves and/or pipework) the correct size for the customers valves and pipework. I can also supply threaded bar, backplates and keeps to secure the radiator to the wall. I can also fit the reducing bushes for the customer if so wished so the plumber won't have to source bushes/parts or have any risk of overtightening and breaking the casting. Radiators can be shipped by pallet to the uk at a very reasonable price. Pressure testing is carried out after the radiators have been sandblasted and primed (and before as well sometimes ) using professional equipment.