How to Repair Cigarette Burns on Tubs

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Scratches and cigarette burns on tubs are an unsightly nuisance. Fortunately they are fairly easy to repair with a few materials obtained from hardware and automotive stores. Heavier cigarette burns can be treated with a commercial repair kit consisting of liquid acrylic in combination with a liquid catalyst. These kits are sold by tub and spa manufacturers and at home improvement stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial repair kit for deep burn marks
  • 1200 grit sandpaper
  • Automotive polish
  • Soft cloth
  • Mild soap

Removing Light Cigarette Burns

  • Sand the area of the burn mark with 1200 grit sandpaper. Continue sanding until the burn residue is completely gone.

  • Clean the area with a soft cloth and mild soap.

  • Polish the entire area with automotive polish. This will help to return it to its original shiny finish.

Treating Heavy Cigarette Burns

  • Mix together the components of your repair kit according to the manufacturer's instructions. You will have to combine acrylic syrup, pigmented specifically for the color of your tub, with a liquid catalyst.

  • Apply the syrup in your repair kit to the surface of the burns. Follow manufacturer's directions as to the amount of time to leave the syrup on the burns.

  • Sand with 800-grit sandpaper, to remove the excess syrup and much of the cigarette burn marks. Follow up by sanding with 1200-grit sandpaper.

  • Clean the sanded area with a soft cloth and mild soap, to remove the sandpaper residue. Apply automotive polish to the area to help return the finish of the tub to its original state.

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