Refinishing an Antique Bed
May 25th, 2013

What’s the best way to refinish an old antique metal bed? First determine if you like the current finish that’s on it. Is it chipped enough to give it a “Shabby Chic” look, or is it so rusted it’s going to rub off on your beautiful white linens. If just slightly chipped, you might want to consider cleaning the existing finish with a damp rag with acetone, to get off all the superficial rub marks, dirt and scratches. Then you can spray a clear coating of Krylon lacquer on it to preserve the old finish. If your bed is too far gone to just clean and seal it…….you’ll need to have it sandblast (professionally) and then spray on a good metal primer coat. This should be done the same day your iron bed is brought home from the sandblasters. Rust can start immediately on unprotected iron. So get that primer coating on immediately. From this point your iron bed is a clean canvas waiting for you to bring it to life. There are countless ways, but you need to start with the sandblasting and primer coats first.

I hope you’ve found this blog informative . I invite you to revisit my website


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