If you are tired of appearance of dark steel bed frame, you can paint in color of your choice. Not just any paint will do, however. Metal paints contain additives that prevent oxidation. Moreover, not all metal primers and paints are compatible. One solution is to choose a primer and finish paint layer from same manufacturer that are designed to be used together.
- Clean steel bed frame with a cloth that was dipped in mineral spirits. This will help to remove all traces of oil and grease frames.
- Scrape rusty areas with a spatula or scraping tool. Remove all loose rust scale. Rub surface with steel wool, too.
- Applying an oil-based primer. Primer has to be designed for use on metal surfaces such as steel bed frame. Roll in primer with a small roller. Spread primer with a brush. Cover entire surface with a primer.
- Paint bed frames with paint finish that has a corrosion inhibitor within 24 hours of priming them. That will help bonding primer and paint.
- Roll paint in same way you applied primer. Use a brush to smooth movements, sweeping to distribute paint. Switch to a synthetic bristle brush if you decide to use a water-based paint.