Bathroom 911 – Tub Refinishing

by Carmen Corbin on December 29, 2011

If your bathroom has seen better days, you might just feel like giving up and getting out the sledge hammer.  But before you take that first swing, take another look around.  You may need a few replacements or updates, but your old chipped bathtub just might be salvageable with some bathtub refinishing work.

Do-It-Yourself Products

There are several DIY products on the market today that will offer a second life to your old bathtub, shower, sink, countertop or even appliances.  But just be aware that tub refinishing isn’t exactly a rookie DIY project – you’ll need to have good ventilation in the room and make sure you follow the instructions to achieve the results you want.

After you’ve purchased your bathtub refinishing paint kit, get your supplies ready (gloves, paint brush, paint tray, etc.).  Below are the basic steps to follow, as recommended by

  1. Prepare the Surface:  You’ll need to give the tub a thorough cleaning with an abrasive cleaner and scrub pad to ensure the reglazing paint will adhere.  Use a putty knife or razor blade to remove stubborn residue if needed.  Cover faucet and handles with plastic or tape, and remove the drain cover.
  2. Sand the Surface:  Roughing up the tub will give the new paint and primer a good base.  Vacuum the sanding dust away when finished, wipe with a cloth, then rinse out the tub.
  3. Apply the Primer and Paint:  Before you begin, make sure you have window open or a fan on for ventilation.  Wearing safety glasses, rubber gloves and a respirator is also a good idea.  Brush on the paint (see manufacturer’s directions for the number of coats needed, and primer recommendations).
  4. Caulk and Return Drain Cover:  When the paint is completely dry (about 24-48 hours), re-caulk the tub and put the drain cover back in.  Use plumber’s putty under the drain cover for a good seal.

Bring in the Pros

For the best results, or refinishing Jacuzzi and antique tubs, call a tub refinishing professional to do the project.  It will still cost much less than buying an entirely new bathtub, and will be a lot less work for you!  Whether you do it yourself, or hire a pro, a well done bathtub refinish should last at least 15-20 years.

For more information on bathtub refinishing, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.

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