How to Paint a Metal Bed Frame?


Maybe you have shown tons of excuses to your wife about getting a new metal bed, but today once she says ‘Either this bed goes to the junkyard or you go out,’ you know for sure today’s the day you need to get yourself a new bed. Or you’re done, buddy.

You take a look at your wallet, and you’re like, ‘Damn, I don’t have the money to get a new one right now. Save yourself from the stress. Who needs to get a new metal bed if you know how to paint a metal bed frame

Painting a metal bed frame

It’s a simple DYI thing, and once you paint the frames, there’s no chance for anyone to know it’s that old junk you’ve been having in your house. Now, you’re probably nodding your head and saying, ‘How the hell do I paint it?’

Well, I’m about to make sure you learn all the know-how.

Can You Paint Any Color on Bed Frames?

Well! A short and straightforward would be ‘No.’ Not every paint is going to adhere to the metal frame. You can use acrylic or spray paint for metal and you should go for an oil-based primer that is acrylic or spray paints compatible. 

Search for primers that are particularly designed for metal, since those stick to the surface better.

The Big Question — How to Paint a Metal Bed Frame?

Well, below are the steps you’ll need to follow to make sure you can paint your metal bed frames right. Give these steps a read, and you’ll say, ‘Wow, that was easy!

1. Gather the Things You Need

Make sure the spray produces a smooth finish, suitable for aluminum and wire frames. For the highest performance, pick the tri-surface or metal first. Pick a self-etched primer if the plate looks like a nickel.
Now, in a well humid environment, ideally outside, put the metal frame on the plastic sheet or newspaper sheets. In a nutshell, you’ll need the following things.

  • Primer
  • Acrylic paint or spray paint
  • Surface layer
  • Plastic sheet or paper sheet
  • Sandpaper
  • Synthetic paintbrush 
  • Rubber gloves 
  • Coat; to protect the layer of paint 

2. Make Sure the Surface Area Is Dust-Free

The first step is to disinfect the bed frame metal surface and make it smoother using sandpaper. This can be achieved with an ordinary household appliance.

You can even use your old toothbrush to touch and remove the hard sections of the metal bed frame; make sure you have cleaned it well so that it is fully ready to get painted. Rub it till you make it smooth as butter.

3. Make It Rust-Free and Remove the Old Color 

There are several techniques for removing old paint, which is easy to get the hang of. If you want a liquid cure, you can use something that is specifically designed to remove and consume the old paint from metal surfaces.

If you want to use a more manual process, the old paint with steel wool and high-grained sandpaper can be scrapped, and the grain decreased accordingly.

The old metal frame is sandblasting, yet effective method. If the latter option is available, then it is preferable to use it, but other approaches are needed if required. Only make sure you take control of all color and rust, and trust me, you will be good to go.

4. Apply the Perfect Primer 

You have already caught my prior drift, have you? If you have, then let’s move on. The step you need to take now is, place the first layer on the base of the metal bunk. A corrosion-inhibiting element is recommended at this stage.

The required drying period is more than important unless you are going to end up badly. Note that the first layer is applied as quickly and efficiently as possible after the polishing, as the rust tends to grow rapidly. It’s important to move to the last stage after the first has completed well.

5. Painting Session 

The hue of the paint doesn’t need to always pop up at the first attempt. Just make sure that you are using a professional, non-toxic metal-made paint. You have to consider that it is appropriate to use multiple layers of colors to have an alluring aftermath.

Pick the high-quality metal spray paint. Keep the box about 0.1524 m above the frame component and shift it from corner to corner in a rolling step from end to end. Encompass through a component with a small, but durable paint coat.

Make sure that you are keeping the metal bed frame in place and often search for corrosion to fix the problem quickly, without the entire structure needing to be refinished.

6. Let the Paint Dry 

If you are done with the previous steps, let’s move into more specific advice as you turn to the official guidelines. Lacquer typically dries at a steady rate, so you will not only need to delay much until more of it is added. Plan to bring over the frames if you don’t have the original substrate.

It might take a couple of hours to get dried down and adhere to the metal frame. So have patience and wait for the aftermath of your DIY project.

7. Go for a Second Layer 

Are you happy with your DIY project yet? Well! If you are not, go for another round. Use second and third paint layers. Apply these covers like you did the first time, but pay careful attention to the curves and other rough places.

Make sure the color you slather is not stuck or gooping up at different places of the frame. When applying another round, let every layer of the cheese melt. Use as many coat layers as possible so that the picture stays compatible.

Tips and Tricks Bonanzas

  • Use gloves
  • Apply the layers of paint over and over
  • Use spray paint 
  • Apply adherence primer
  • Check every nook and cranny 

Final Words

Congrats, you are done! Happy with the DIY aftermath? I believe you know how to paint a metal bed frame by now, don’t you? Well, this information will come handy, and you are going to be a top-notch DIY crafter. Wasn’t it a fun roller-coaster tour of guidance? So Good luck and have fun.

About the Author Todd Davis

Todd Davis is a DIY enthusiast, traveler and writer for a long time. He has a deep understanding of all types of painting tools and hardware.

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