Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Paint On An Iron Headboard

Iron headboards are a cornerstone in history. They offer artisanship that people expected in earlier eras. From Abraham Lincoln to Billy the Kid, history books tell the story of the old-fashion beds and the famous Victorian era from which they're known. An iron headboard adds a touch of sophistication and chic to any bedroom décor even today. Unfortunately they tend to rust and flake. Modern techniques available will help you restore your iron headboard and add luster to it. Instead of tossing out a piece of history, tackle an easy project, and give your iron headboard a fresh coat of paint. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Rub a steel-bristle wire brush over the surface of your headboard. This will get rid of loose paint, flaking metal and rust.

2. Use a scraper to remove any rough patches. For rounded surfaces or edges, use medium-grit sandpaper.

3. Wipe down the entire headboard using mineral spirits and a clean rag.

4. Spray all exposed metal with phosphoric acid. This will convert any remaining rust to inert iron. Wear a mask, safety glasses, gloves and a long-sleeve shirt to protect your body when working with phosphoric acid. Let the headboard sit for 24 hours.

5. Brush away any loose flakes from the acid treatment. Apply a thick coat of oil-based metal primer with a disposable bristle brush, and let it dry completely.

6. Apply a topcoat of glossy, oil-based metal paint in the color of your choice. Use a new disposable bristle brush.

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