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 should use?
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 before.
For the basement pipes:
1) Would painting them help preserve them by keeping them from rusting or corroding?
2) What type of paint should I use?
3) What kind of insulation should I put on them?