How to Paint a Vintage Iron Bed

Jun 28th

Vintage iron bed – You can paint a cast iron bed or one with wrought iron elements with enamel paint or spray paint that is formulated for metal. Cleaning the iron is an important consideration, especially if the iron is old and rusty. Dismantling old, peeling paint is another factor to consider before you can create a smooth, even finish. Follow these step-by-step instructions to clean and paint a bed made of iron.

Vintage Iron Bed Style
Vintage Iron Bed Style

Scrape off any rust, peeling paint or other debris from your casting or forging bed with a wire brush. Place the bed or outside on a covered work to protect your floors from the mess. Use a mask to protect against the inhalation of iron particles or paint dust. Wash vintage iron bed with a 50-50 mixture of bleach and water. Wearing rubber gloves wet a rough cloth and wipe off the bed. Wipe the bed with a towel and let it sit in the sun to air dry.

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Prime the iron with a quality primer designed for metal Rustoleum. If there are nooks and crannies where a brush would be difficult to get into, spraying prime on the bed can be easier and faster. Follow the instructions on your metal primer can be whether you need to sand the surface before applying the paint. If your iron bed is old with rough spots, sanding primer is a good idea to help ensure a smoother surface. Apply a coat of enamel paint or spray a layer of metallic paint on the surface of your vintage iron bed. Smooth stroke with a brush or a smooth back-and-forth movement of the spray leaves a silky finish.