If you are looking at your bathroom and think it needs an upgrade, why not start with refinishing the bathtub yourself. If you hire someone you’d pay a pretty penny for something that is easy to achieve yourself. Here are a few step by step instructions on how to upgrade your bathtub look.
Here are a few items you’ll need to purchase before refinishing your bathtub remodel. You’ll need to purchase a tub-refinishing kit which will include the basic necessities you’ll need, paint tray, paint brush or roller, masking tape, plastic bags for faucet and surface covering, goggles to protect your eyes from chemicals, mouth mask, plumber’s putty, scraper, vacuum, tack cloth, cleaning powder which is nonabrasive, paper towels, and gloves. Read More
Remove the drain cover and lever from the existing tub and remove all caulk and silicone which is around the tub and the walls. Use the cleaner which you purchased to clean the tub thoroughly to remove any dirt, rust, soap scum, and anything else that was left behind. Rinse the tub after the cleaning is completed and sand the tub surface with the sandpaper. Vacuum the dust particles and wipe with the cloth to remove all particles from sanding. Rinse yet again and let dry.
Use the solvent which was provided in the bathtub remodeling kit which will remove any trace of soap or cleaners which were used before. You can usually use a paper towel to apply the primer. Let dry and then begin taping off the areas you don’t want painted including fixtures and such and cover with a plastic bag. Put on your gloves, mask, and eye protection and begin mixing the primer from the kit. Follow the directions for this part since different makers have different mixing methods.
Apply the primer with a roller or brush and let the primer dry. If you have a window for ventilation, open it at this time to let the chemical smell escape. If you are able to purchase a paint spray, this will provide you with a flawless finish. When the primer is dry, apply the topcoat using the brush/roller or the spray gun if available. Make sure to catch any drips or runs if this occurs. Remove the tape around the tub but leave the bags over the fixtures until top coat is dry.
It usually takes approximately 48 hours for the tub to dry. When you reinstall the drain cover and lever plate, set them with a bit of plumber’s putty for an excellent seal. Once the paint is dry, go around the tub with a silicone bead of caulk from the wall and the tub to prevent water from seeping through the cracks. There is also a trick for applying the caulk like a professional. Place tape about ½ inch around the area you are about to caulk. Once the caulk is applied take the tape off of the surrounding areas and you’ll get a crisp, clean line.