Thinking about getting a new bathtub? Before you go for an entire replacement, consider refinishing your existing bathtub. Refinishing your tub allows you to keep all the character of your existing tub (why would you ever want to replace a beautiful, antique claw tub?) without losing time or money from a bathroom remodel. If you’re unfamiliar with the refinishing process, no worries. We’re here to help!
Here’s a step-by-step guide on the process of bathtub refinishing:
- Remove Hardware. First, turn off the water and remove the hardware from the tub, including drain plugs, cover plates, bathtub spouts, and anything else that could get damaged while refinishing.
- Start to clean the tub so you can best prepare the tub for refinishing. Remove old caulking and stubborn soap scum with chemical cleaners and use a plastic putty knife for difficult stains. Bleach the tub thoroughly, repeating the process as many times as you need until the tub is spotless.
- Remove Glaze. Strip the existing finish off the tub. This is an essential step, as improper glaze removal will cause the new finish not to adhere to the bathtub correctly. Typically, you’ll need an etching powder and an abrasive scrub pad to remove the glaze.
- Prepare the Surface. After the glaze is removed, it’s time to prepare the surface. Sand down the tub to create an even rougher surface to which the new glaze can stick. Sand all areas of the tub down, and once finished, rinse the tub, and dry it with paper towels. This is also a great time to repair any holes, cracks, chips, or rust spots. Then, apply a primer with a roller and foam brush. Coat the entire tub with the primer.
- Apply Coatings. Once the surface has been prepared, it’s time to apply the new epoxy coating! Using a roller brush, apply the epoxy to all tub areas: the sides, bottom, top, and every place water might touch. Wait for the first coat to harden—typically 1-2 hours—though some epoxy coatings require a second or third coat immediately. Apply additional coats as needed. After applying the epoxy, wait for the coating to dry and cure for at least 1-2 days.
- Make Finishing Touches. When the finish has dried, it’s time for the finishing touches. Re-caulk anywhere you removed caulk and wait at least overnight for it to dry. Put the hardware back on the tub and clean it with a cleaning solution and a soft cloth. And voila—your tub is ready to use!
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