05:32PM | 09/14/03
Member Since: 09/13/03
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My husband recently recieved the very special gift of a bedframe from the home of his grandmother who passed away about 2 yrs ago. The frame is approximately 100 yrs old. It was coated with brown paint. We would like to restore the frame for our 11 yr old daughters room. I have been able to strip a small section of paint down to what appears to be a silver colored metal. The bed frame is very light weight and has very tiny little wheels. It has both head and foot pieces. What is the best method to strip the paint and apply a brass/copper color to the frame? There has been a recommendation to have it "dipped". What does this meen and is it safe for such an old bed frame?

[This message has been edited by ANGUS FARM (edited September 15, 2003).]


12:32PM | 09/28/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
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I'm in a similar situation. My mom sent me a similar aged bed (hers, at one point) when she "downsized" after my father's death. However, this one is all wood.

My guess is "dipping" means they will dip the pieces of the frame into a metal solution (the technical term they might be refering to is "electroplating") to restore the finish.

As far as I know, it should be completely safe. Just don't fall into the vat.

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