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Baseboard Heating Rust Buildup

The Home Wizard app calculates your ideal home care program to avoid problems with your Baseboard Heating, but sometimes trouble can still occur. Here are answers to questions about baseboard heating rust buildup.


How can I get rust off my baseboard heaters?

The baseboard heating running behind the toilet in my bathroom has some rust spots I guess because of the extra moisture in that area. Is there a special way to remove the rust without ruining the factory painted finish?


Dear Lisa:

Unfortunately, removing rust spots from baseboard heating covers requires a bit of work. To do the job properly, you should remove the affected section of metal covering (most baseboard covers will un-snap at the ends), and then sand the rusted area completely down to bare metal. Then apply on a spray metal primer, let that dry completely, and then apply a spray paint to match your existing color. Check with your paint store to get a primer and paint that are made for radiators (which operate at elevated temperatures).

One other thought . . . you mentioned that this section of your baseboard heater is in close proximity to your toilet. You might want to consider putting a clear plastic "splash guard" in this area, if you are finding this to be part of the root cause of your problem in this area.

Hope this is helpful.

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