The towel radiator in my bathroom begun leaking rusty water staining the towels and creating a mess. In this instructable I present to you how I fixed it.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
For this fix I used :
- a wire brush
- a sharp knife
- a pair of latex gloves
- some epoxy repair putty
- glossy paint for rusty metals (paint directly to rust like Hammerite)
- a small paintbrush
- resin paper (optional)
Step 2: Prepare the Radiator
Take the wire brush and gently scrub the faulty spot.
Your target is to remove any loose rust.
Do it gently because the metal is thin.
The last thing you want is to create a bigger hole.
Remove any loose flaky paint as well.
Step 3: Prepare the Putty
Next, put on your gloves and cut a piece of epoxy repair putty with your knife.
This putty has two ingredients with different colours (red and green in my case) which need to mix.
Work it with your fingers until the two colours merge into one.
As you progress the putty is getting hot. This indicates an exothermic reaction and is normal.
Do not delay as you only have 5 minutes before the material sets.
When it sets it becomes as hard as rock.
Step 4: Apply the Putty
Apply the putty to the affected area, shaping it at the same time with your fingers.
When you are satisfied, leave the material to harden. It hardens within 5-10 minutes, but to be absolutely sure, I left it undisturbed all the night.
After it hardens, you can use the resin paper to further shape it if you want. In my case I didn't use it (because I am lazy!).
Step 5: Paint
Now you can paint the area with the paint brush.
Apply two coats of paint if necessary.
Step 6: Job Well Done!
The towel radiator is operational again.