How to refinish an antique iron bed???

From: Blake
Date: 06 Apr 1999
Time: 20:34:35
Remote Name:


I have come across an old iron bed that has been painted. The painted has almost all flaked off on it's own. My question is, how should I remove the remaining paint and do most people repaint them? If so, does it require a primer coat? If so, what do I use? Thanks