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Housing for Budgies Discuss Cages, Cage Set-Ups and Aviaries

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Default Is Clear Coat necessary for newly spray-painted cage?

Just wondering if I need to apply a clear coat to a bird cage I just finished repainting? I used Rustoleum 2 in 1 (paint and primer) Painter's Touch Gloss Black. I sanded the entire cage (ugh) and then spray painted.

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I do not know the answer. But if you go on Google, and type in your question, you will get some information with answers for you. I find things that way, it works.
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I did lol - didn't find much about clear coating the cage. Found info on repainting, but nothing on clear coating. Thanks though
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I don't believe using a clear-coat is necesary as the ingredients in the clear-coat is basically the same as in the 2 in 1 spray paint.

https://www.rustoleum.com/MSDS/ENGLISH/245210.pdf

I would recommend letting the paint cure for at least a month before introducing a budgie into the cage.

Kate C posted in the past that she has used the following spray paint on bird cages:
https://www.ultracolor.com.au/

https://www.ultracolor.com.au/MSDS-PD...int%20MSDS.pdf

Perhaps she can offer a better opinion than I.
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Thanks - hubby keeps bringing it up so I thought I'd ask. The cage is for my conure. I got a cage for $20 off of Craigslist. No rust, but someone repainted the cage before and did a poor job. I'm just worried that the paint isn't going to hold up.
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Hi Nancy. I show my birds and the cages need regular touch up painting so that they look in top condition. A clear coat is not necessary. My show cages are for parrots and the base is gloss black and the wire is silver or chrome. As most paint now days is water based and not thinners based it is usually quite safe. And yes Deb is right it is best if you can leave it to cure for around 1 month before putting a bird in it. It may be touch dry in 10 minutes but it is much better if left to harden properly.
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Thank you so much for your confirmation, Kate.
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Deb nailed the answer. My hobby is restoring antique cars and have done a fair amount of painting over the years. Clearcoat is basically paint that you can see through. While it would not hurt to use it, it's not really necessary. What is mandatory for your birds though, is to let the paint dry thoroughly before using the cage. Even the slightest hint of undry paint (multiply the effects when the cage is covered) will be very dangerous for your bird(s).

If I do ANY painting in my detached garage which is at least 25 feet from the house, I make sure the house is sealed up tight- windows, doors, etc.

Put the cage outside so the wind and air movement will help it dry, in the sun if possible. Rust-o-leum is good paint but from experience takes the longest to stop out-gassing. (smelling!)

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Thank you Kate, Mark and Deb. I appreciate your feedback. I'm in no hurry to move my conure into this cage so I will wait at least a month. Hubby thinks I should use a fine steel wool pad to go over the cage with. I told him to buzz off lol. What is your expert advice?

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Not necessary Nancy. All that will do is remove paint.
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