Metal bunk beds – Unlike wood, metallic surfaces are smooth and nonporous, making them unsuitable for paint adhesion. If you try to paint over metal bunk beds with regular bonding primer and paint, you will inevitably see peeling in a short period of time. Fortunately, you can paint a metal bunk bed if you know the right way to slide on the surface to promote proper adhesion. You should also know proper application techniques that can prevent brush strokes in the final finish. To paint metal bunk beds, starting with set up work space outdoors or in a ventilated area as an open garage.
Remove the mattress and all beds. Moisten a cloth with mineral turpentine, and wipe down metal bunk bed. Spread 10 minutes for mineral turpentine to dry. Cover parts of metal bunk beds; you do not want painted with the painter’s tape. Protect the floor with dust drop cloths. Apply a very thin layer of etching primer using a 2- to 4-inch latex brush. Allow primer to cure for four hours, efficiently grinding metal to ensure paint adhesion. Wash latex brush with water. Apply a very thin layer of oil-based paint to metal bunk bed using an oil-based brush.
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Do not attempt to cover the surface of the first layer as this will cause brush strokes in the final finish. Let the paint dry for two hours and then apply another very light coat of paint. Allow the second layer to dry for two hours. And apply additional layers until the etching primer is completely covered. Clean oil-based brush with mineral turpentine. Tips and warnings: Overcrowding is the most common cause of brush strokes in the final finish. Also never attempt to paint a metal bunk beds without grinding the surface with an eraser primer first. Or you will end up with a finish that will not last.