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Prepping metal for paint





2003

I recently purchased a brass bed from a thrift store. In examining I noticed rust and also spots where the brass coating has worn off. I am assuming the bed was probably only coated with a brass finish. My question is I would like to redo the bed in a bronze finish, how do I prepare the metal so the paint will adhere?

Monica Skrum
- Waunakee, Wisconsin



2003

I would suggest you take fine 0000 steel wool [affil. link] and clean the metal bed parts. All rust should be removed with the steel wool. A once over on the good metal parts with steel wool is also required for a good tack base. Suggest you use a Metal type Gray primer first and spray your finish (two times)Paint Color after the primer is dry.

David Stokes
- Wellsville, Pennsylvania, USA


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