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If someone put paint in my radiator to stop a leak what can happen ...
I suppose that will make a mess. Exactly what kind of problems depends on what kind of paint went in there. Oil based house paint or automotive paint will be a royal pain to remove while interior latex or water based paint can be easily flushed with water and non-foaming (automatic dishwasher) type soap, which might take several tries anyway. Use a half cup (powdered detergent) then fill with water and run till fully warmed up. Flush clear and repeat as necessary.

DO NOT use gasoline or similar combustible fluids!

Let us know how you make out.
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