The answer to this question usually confuses a lot people as there are many myths and mixed messages created by social media. Either small or large bird cages, the short answer to this question is "yes" - it can be painted.
Since the 1970’s, the United States government have made an effort to protect the consumers in passing legislation by banning lead, zinc or other toxins as part of the ingredient in the paint. Studies have shown that the quality of paints have improved over the past decades due to the strict regulations and quality controls by U.S. paint manufacturers to make all paints sold in the U.S. much safer for consumers, free of lead and toxic materials and harmless to children (or birds) even it is ingested. However to be on the safe side, you should always read the manufacturer’s label carefully to understand what is in the paint. You should also make sure that the paint is made in the U.S. and not to buy any paints that are import from other countries where regulations are less stringent.
We recommend any of the following two types of paint, weather it is to paint a new bird cage or repaint an existing bird cage:
Powder-coated baked is the most commonly used industrial process by factories in applying paint on bird cages during the manufacturing process. It is a widely used method by the factories because it is the most economical and efficient way to apply paint on all metal surfaces in the shortest amount of time.
Painting a bird cage with paint can also be done at home by yourself too. I just requires a lot of diligence and patience but the end result is worth the effort if you are planning to keep your cage looking like new and lasting for a long time. The Powder-coated baked method is highly recommended to be used on small to medium sized bird cages.
High gloss spray:
High gloss spray is another method that can be used to give you a better result with a smoother finish. Be sure to always choose the highest quality and grade spray paint for best results.
High gloss spraying method binds the paint to the metal surfaces better than powder-coated paint because it produces a thinner film coat. The thinner film coat also makes it harder for birds to chew off. However once painted, the thinner film coat will be a bit more difficult to remove or scrape off if you decide to switch to a different color in the future.
After painting the bird cage with high gloss spray paint, it will have a tighter finish by the hard resin film on the surface which will produce a shinier and reflective look to the cage. The benefits of this method is that it dries quicker, become dirt resistant, won't chip away and last much longer. The high gloss spray paint method is highly recommended to be used on large bird cages.
High gloss spray paint can be used for any size bird cage. You can find high gloss spray paint at your local arts & crafts store, home improvement stores or at your local paint shop.
Preparation/ Before you paint:
- Move your birds to a different room.
- Make sure the room is well-ventilated and in low humidity.
- Lay a large sheet of cardboard or plastic on the floor to catch any excess paint.
- Use a wire brush to remove any loose paint chips or finishes.
- Sand all the metal surfaces by hand for a smoother finish.
- Apply a thin layer of paint for the first coat.
- Apply second coat of paint and make sure there is full coverage.
Completion/ After you paint:
- Leave the painted cage in a part of the room where there are lots of sunlight.
- Wait for a few days to dry properly to a hard finish.
- Do not use a cover on a freshly painted cage.
- Move your feathered friend(s) back into their new home.
- Make sure there are lots of interesting perches to climb on.