Learning how to refurbish metal bunk beds can help save you a lot of money. Sometimes you can find great bargains on metal bunk beds at yard or garage sales. Also check with used furniture stores where you may find a bargain that with a little TLC can become an attractive piece of you children’s bedroom furniture.
Survey the Metal
Worn and abused metal bunk beds may have a number of areas where pitting has occurred –even holes. Employ a small sanding tool to smooth out the metal surface before applying any finish. A hand-held tool with a grinder attachment will work well smoothing out the metal surface of your bunk bed.
Remove the Paint
When refurbishing a painted metal bunk bed, first remove the paint either through sanding or a liquid paint remover.
If using the grinding approach to correct blemishes and smooth out the area, always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying pieces of ground off metal. Grind away all pitted areas as well as rust spots making sure to buff out scratches and any scars until you produce a smooth area. Always keep the grinding tool moving applying even pressure as you go. Do not attempt to grind all bed surface area with a small hand-held tool. Concentrate your efforts on the damaged areas only.
It’s a good idea to sand the ground areas using at 60-grit sandpaper on a power sander or Dremmel tool attachment to produce a smooth area. Follow this with a 120-grit sandpaper application as well. If the metal surface area of your bed does not require any grinding, make sure to sand it anyway to prep it for finishing. You are looking to have a dull, but smooth surface before continuing.
Fill in the Holes
Use a metal filling compound in holes you find and then sand these with both a 60-grit run and 120-grit run to get a smooth area. Let the compound dry sufficiently before sanding. For really small imperfections, use a glazing spot putty compound and then fine sand it smooth. The putty should not be used in surface holes larger than a 16th of an inch then use 120 grit paper for sanding it down.
Spray on Primer
After filling in and sanding any imperfections on the metal surface, spray on two to three coats of a high grade metal primer. Allow each coat to dry before applying another, Using a hair dryer can easily make drying quicker
Spray Paint Your Color
Once you’ve allowed the primer to dry, spray paint your selected color making sure to use even continuous spray so not to produce lumps or streaks when applying. After drying, apply 1 -2 coats of a protective neutral sealer.
Always use a breathing or ventilator mask when spraying primer and paint to protect yourself from inhaling any harmful substance.