I bought an old house that has a one-pipe steam heat system, and I never had
steam heat before. I'll probably be renting the house out.
I'm painting the house and I want to paint, and possibly insulate, the
vertical pipes that go up through the rooms. I want to paint them so they
will look better, but I am also concerned about how hot they get and would
like to make them safer in terms of tenants' kids grabbing or leaning
against a hot pipe. Any ideas regarding type of paint and or insulation I
I also want to at least insulate, and possibly paint, the horizontal steam
pipes in the basement. I have a hunch that they used to have asbestos
insulation on them that was taken off at some time in the past. They appear
to be a little rusty or corroded, but I don't know if they were ever painted
For the basement pipes:
1) Would painting them help preserve them by keeping them from rusting or
2) What type of paint should I use?
3) What kind of insulation should I put on them?