How to assemble your Amber Radiator Cover
This page is to help you assemble your radiator cover or give you an insight into whats involved in assembling a radiator cover if you are worried about assembly before you purchase !!
There is more information about the package contents and delivery information in the ‘help’ section.
Step 1 – Check your pack contains the following
(Covers with more than one grille panel may contain more items).
A- Front panel including grille
B- Left side panel
C- Right side panel
D- Cover top shelf
- 25mm screws x 16 (minimum) – Steps 2 & 4
- 16mm screws x 8 – Step 3
- 40mm right angle brackets x 2 – Step 3
- 2 (minimum) wall fixings brackets– Step 4
- Wall plugs (drill size 5.5mm) x 4 (min) – Step 4
Before commencing assembly check your Cover will fit over the radiator and in the space available around the radiator. If you need to paint it, we find it’s a good idea to paint the sections before assembly – refer to the ‘painting section’ below.
Step 2 – assemble the front – ‘A’ – and side panels ‘B’ and ‘C’
Stand panels A & B up on a flat level surface (an assistant is helpful). Line up the back edge of the front panel (A) with the ‘strap‘ on the inside of side panel (B) This is best done from the rear where the predrilled holes are and the straps can be seen !, so that the side panel projects forward of the front panel (make sure the side panel has the decorative edge facing to the front). Taking care to keep the side at a right angle to the front, screw side panel (B) to front (A) by placing the 25mm screws in the ‘pre-drilled recesses’ in the front panel and screwing through, making sure not to over tighten the screws. (Tip; If the two panels are not tight up against each other, do not try to tighten further, simply reverse the screw out, ensure the panels are tight up to each other and then re-tighten the screw). Repeat for side panel (C).
‘Strap lines’ at between 23 and 28mm on New & Old England;
36mm on Studley (where the front edge of the lower feet and skirting will be level with the front edge of the side panel).
Step 3 – angle brackets and the top shelf -D
For additional strength, attach the 2 right angle brackets (one on either side, as per picture above!) to the front (A) & side panels (B & C) about a third of the way up the side panel, using the 16mm screws.
Place the top shelf centrally on to the front/side panel assembly and line up the back edge of the top shelf (D) with the back edge of the assembly side panels, this should leave an over hang on the front edge approx 15-20mm, then making sure the over hang to the left and right sides are equal again approx 20mm and fix in place with the 25mm screws through the pre-drilled recesses on the inside of the side panels (and also those in the front panel where present as per picture above!). (Tip; You may find it easier to do this by placing the top shelf on the floor face down, careful not to scratch it, and inverting the side/front panel assembly on to it).
Step 4 – fixing the cover to the wall
The cover can be left freestanding, but for extra stability and especially with larger covers we recommend fixing it to the wall. The wall fixings that we provide allow the cover to be easily removed from the wall for decorating, cleaning or access to the radiator valves.
Make sure there are no concealed pipes or electrical cables in the wall before you start drilling.
Place your Radiator Cover centrally over the radiator and against the wall. Mark with a pencil where the top edge of the cover touches the wall in the vicinity of the grooves in the underside of the shelf.
Remove the cover and mark another line 18mm or 3/4″ below the original line (ie the thickness of the top shelf). Place the brackets against the wall with the shoulder of the bracket just below the lower line.
Using the wall plugs and screws supplied, drill and plug the wall and then screw the fixing brackets to the wall. (Tip; To start with just fix the brackets with 1 screw in the centre of the vertical slot). Trial fit the radiator cover by lifting over the brackets and lowering it down so the tops of the brackets engage in the grooves. (If your walls are uneven you may need to put some packing behind the brackets to provide clearance). Check the brackets fit well by looking through the top vents and ensuring the bottom is resting on the floor (except wall mounted covers). If necessary the brackets can be adjusted up or down using the adjustment available in the vertical slot before marking the wall in the horizontal slots to drill & plug for the 2nd screw in each bracket.
Step 5 – painting (if not painted by Amber)
If your cover is not already fully finished by Amber, the following may be helpful
As with all woodwork and painting, we recommend that you wear a facemask and work in a well-ventilated area. Very little preparation is required but you may wish to have a final smooth over with very fine sand paper just to make sure. Wipe up surface dust with a soft slightly damp cloth.
- If your cover is untreated, use at least 2 coats of primer. White acrylic (water based) primer can be used for sealing the surface of the MDF. Always lightly sand surfaces with fine sandpaper (no rougher than 180 grade) between coats
- Best results are obtained using a mini (100mm) roller with gloss type (smooth surface) foam roller but you may prefer to use a small paintbrush for the tight corners.
- If your cover is already primed and undercoated, apply 2 coats of your chosen top colour. Always apply the first coat thinly and sand with fine sandpaper between coats. Water based emulsion, satin, eggshell and gloss paint are ideal.
- It is more convenient, and provides a better finish, to remove the grille and paint the main part of the cover (and also to paint a board grille) hence the grille may have been fitted temporarily (if so the remainder of the fixings will be in the fixings pack). If not already marked, mark the position of the grille before removal as it will have been positioned symmetrically.
- Wooden Grille panels can be painted with a lightly loaded roller, but don’t press too hard on the grille. Alternatively use a brush with light rapid strokes. We recommend you paint only the surface and don’t try to paint the edges of the holes. Alternatively try a can of suitable spray paint being careful to avoid excessive build up of paint.
- A convincing wood effect can be achieved by applying two or 3 coats of coloured varnish directly onto untreated MDF with a brush ensuring the final strokes are light and along the length of the panel. A mini roller can be used to get a good even colour which can be very effective but this will not produce a grain effect, or a mottled effect can be achieved by dabbing the surface with scrunched paper. If unsure about your desired finish, try out some test patches first on the inside of your cover.