Monday, 27 January 2014

How To Refinish a Bathtub

Is your bathtub cracked, chipped or simply worn from aging? Most homeowners replace their bathtub at the first sigh of damage. After all, small cracks may allow water to seep down into the floor, creating the perfect breeding grounds for mold and mildew. But a smarter and more cost-efficient solution is to refinish your bathtub. Using some basic supplies sold at your local home improvement store, can your revitalize the appearance and structural integrity of your tub.

Step #1) Clean It

The first step to refinishing a bathtub is to give it a thorough cleaning. Don't just run some warm water across the surface and call it a day, but instead use a heavy-duty, all-purpose cleaner to remove any dirt or debris. Goo Gone and Calcium Lime Rust (CLR) are two excellent products that will make easy work of even the toughest bathtub dirt and debris

Spray your preferred cleaning solution on the bathtub and use a scrub brush to clean it. Note: it's recommended that you turn the exhaust fan on and wear a dust mask. Doing so will keep the fumes and debris out of your respiratory system.

Step #2) Sand It

The second step involves sanding your bathtub. Some homeowners refinish their bathtubs without sanding, which is perfectly fine if there's little-no-to surface damage. However, you'll need to perform this step in order to create a smooth, even surface. It should only take about 20-30 minutes, so it's not an excessive long or labor-intensive process.

Depending on your bathtub's current state, along with the material used in its construction, a low-to-medium grit wet sandpaper should suffice. Sand off just the very top layer of the bathtub to create a smooth surface. Also, you can rinse away the debris with tub water as it builds up.

Step #3) Rinse it

With your bathtub sanded down to a smooth surface, rinse it one last time to ensure it's clean. Trust me, you don't want to epoxy a dirty, uneven surface. Wash it down with clean water and let it dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step #4) Apply Epoxy Solution

The fourth  and final step is to apply the epoxy solution to your newly sanded and cleaned bathtub. Since application methods vary depending on the particular type of epoxy, it's recommended that you carefully read and follow the instructions. Typically, you'll paint it on the bathtub to create the new surface. The trick to painting epoxy is to make all of your strokes in the same direction.

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