Refinishing a Bird Cage?

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Whether trying to refinish a bargain cage picked up at a sale or refurbishing your feathered friend's current digs, this is an easy DIY project. This is a page about refinishing a bird cage.


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I have a bird cage that my feathered friend has removed most of the painted from. Is there a safe and inexpensive DIY way to refinish the cage? New cages for that size bird are over $200 new and the cage itself is still in good condition just the finish is damaged. I don't care so much about looks but the exposed metal gets rusted and I'm sure that using her beak on the metal can't be healthy for my bird.

By Chris Richman from Williamstown, NJ


July 7, 20090 found this helpful

I recently read that you can check with paint distributors and find out which ones are safe for the consumer (i.e., you and your bird). They are making paints safer now, and this would keep your bird safe and save you money at the same time. You will probably pay more for the paint because it's the newest, safest kind, but you can buy only a pint of paint to cut down on the cost.


Hope this helps!

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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

Only a powder coat surface would be safe. ( and not worth the cost on an old cage) We built a wooden cage from pine strapping and dowels. When one is chewed through it is easy to pop a new one into the pre drilled holes.
If you value your bird's life it should not be in contact with any toxic metals.
Perhaps try your local FreeCycle group for another.
Good luck.

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July 8, 20090 found this helpful

I honestly think what the bird ate off of the bars of your bird cage could be worse than the rust. I would ask the vet what type of paint would be good for your bird. I would ask if it is even necessary for the bird cage to be repainted.

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July 8, 20090 found this helpful

I think the idea of asking a vet is an excellent one. They certainly should know more than we do!

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June 24, 2004

Hi, I am building a large bird cage for my pet birds and need help. I am not using chicken wire but stronger fencing and I am wondering if any one would know if stores sell the plastic coating that normal bird cages have? Do they sell a spray paint that I can spray on fencing? I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing but I'm going for it anyway.


Thanks, Lu-Lu


By Judi (Guest Post)
June 24, 20040 found this helpful

It is really important that you use the right paint around birds. If you go to they have a lot of very good information.

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By gene (Guest Post)
July 17, 20040 found this helpful

if someone could it would be great.

i am looking for bird cage paint

( white in color )

thank you gene

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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

The only safe paint would be powder coating applied by a professional.

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

I use white spray paint from Wal-Mart cheap $1.00 don't affect birds been using for year's

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