How to Refinish a Bathtub

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Refinishing your bathtub can can modernize an old fashioned tub or give your bathroom a fresh look. To complete your refinishing project, follow these steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Spray gun
  • Primer
  • Caulk
  • Mask
  • Chemical cleaners
  • Cleanse the entire surface of your bathtub with the chemical cleaners. Remove old caulking and any rusted areas. Make any necessary repairs beforehand and allow everything to dry.

  • Sand the entire bathtub to remove old paint and film. Wipe the entire bathtub clean and allow it to dry completely.

  • Cover the fixtures using paper and tape, especially the drain area. Remove any excess tape. Keep the area properly ventilated and wear your mask.

  • Spray on the bonding agent. Start the drain, using an even back-and-forth motion until you cover the entire bathtub. Allow the tub to dry for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply the primer over the entire bathtub and allow it to dry for 30 minutes.

  • Apply the refinishing paint, using short back-and-forth strokes. Apply light coats and wait 5 minutes between coatings to give your bathtub a polished look.

  • Remove tape and paper from bathtub. Wait 2 to 3 days to allow the coating to dry and harden. Once dry, apply new caulk.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to do a thorough sanding of the entire tub surface to promote bonding of refinishing coatings.

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