More Answers to Your Burning Questions about Baseboarders®

We chatted with the experts at Baseboarders® for answers to even more questions about all things baseboard heater covers. Let’s dig in.


Can I paint my baseboard panels?

When we previously addressed this, we found that there were a lot of follow up questions. Yes, you can paint Baseboarders® panels but let’s zoom in on some more specific questions.


Can I buy a white baseboard cover and paint it a custom color to match my walls?

If you’re going to paint a baseboard cover, we do recommend you start with the white panel. The lighter the color you start with, the easier it will be to achieve the color you want. Prime the panel before applying your chosen paint color.


I ordered white baseboard heater covers and they are too white for my “white” walls. Can I change that?

One of our Baseboarders® experts, Debra McCullar, says “our white panels are a bright powder-coated semi-gloss white.” Many “white” walls have undertones that make them look yellow or blue or green next to a brighter white. You can absolutely paint your panels the same or similar color as your walls or trim so they blend in better.


What type of paint is recommended?

McCullar reminded us that you can use latex or enamel paint in any color. You can opt for spray paint or roll it on. You do not need to use high-heat paint, as hot water baseboard heat doesn’t achieve a temperature that would warrant that.

Baseboard heater cover painted to exactly match the wall color.

How do I paint baseboard heater covers?

Start by removing your baseboard heater covers and accessories and placing them in a prepared area. Clean the surfaces to be painted to remove any dirt, dust, or loose material. Next apply a primer to the panel and let dry completely. Spray or roll your chosen paint onto the primed panel and let dry completely. You may need to apply several coats.


Can I paint old baseboard heater covers?

Yes. The preparation process for older panels may require a bit more time and effort than newer covers. McCullar recommends that you “inspect the panel carefully looking for any parts of the powder coating that are loose or missing. Your panels may need some sanding or sandblasting before they can be painted if there are any issues.”

If you see any rust, you definitely need to sand your panels, clean, and prime them well. After you have prepared your panels, the rest of the process is the same.


Is cutting the panels to the right size truly a DIY project?

The level to which you feel comfortable with any project relies on your skill level, tool accessibility, etc. We can’t speak to your personal assets, but we can tell you that you don’t really need any special skill. The only specialty tool you need is tin snips (that cut 22-gauge steel), and these are readily available at any hardware store. They work much like scissors but are more heavy duty.

We’ve made step by step videos available to you so you can follow along and make quick work of any cuts you need. Keep in mind that we do offer free custom cuts. If you’d rather have us make those cuts, we’re more than happy to help. Custom cuts are final sale (not returnable).

Need answers to more questions? See the first installment of our Burning Questions series.


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