Resurfacing Your Bathtub? Here's A Money Saving Tip
By Christopher Smith
I don't know about you, but here recently, I went into my bathroom and the bathtub really bothered me. My family was coming over and there were stains in there since before I moved in, not to mention the color was some hideous green color. Now, don't get me wrong, I like green, but not in my bathroom. So I went out and started looking for a new tub, and let me tell you, they are outrageous. A friend of mine mentioned that she and her husband had gotten an old Claw Tub and were going to resurface it.
Now, I have to admit I was thinking all kinds of things and wondered how they were going to do it and not ruin the tub. Well, she and her husband told me how and my husband explained it a bit more to me. Now, with some more research to fill in any gaps I have left, I am going to tell you.
To start, you need to be sure you have the right tools and instructions. The instructions can be hard to find, but if you look hard enough, both online and off, you will find the right book, website, or video for you. Once you have the instructions, it will give you the list of tools needed.
I am including a list I found online; low-pressure sprayer and compressor, bucket, sponges, paper towels, exhaust fan, plastic sheets, paper tape dispenser, small paper cup, 5-in-1 painter's tool, putty knife, spreader, stir stick, 240-grit sandpaper, scouring pads, respirator, rubber gloves, safety glasses, two-part cleanser, two-part filler, fine filler putty, chemical adhesive, base, catalyst, primer reducer, and paint thinner.
Once you have gathered these from any hardware store and maybe your favorite store, you can move on to the next step. Also, if you are like me and are wondering what the exhaust fan is for and if you can use the one in the bathroom, sorry, no. The exhaust fan is to help remove the fumes from the Toxic Chemicals. So, the first thing to do is set it up where the hose is blowing the fumes out. Next, you rough clean the bathtub until you see the original white coloring and all adhesives and varnish are removed. Make sure to wear the gloves to protect your skin and safety glasses for your eyes for this part.
Once you have done this, thoroughly clean and rinse the tub, to prepare it for the primer. The primer is your base coat to help hold the new coloring on. You want to use clean paper towels for this, since they need to stay clean and you would not be able to use the towels again. This is the time you fill any chips, cracks, or damaged parts using the putty. Once the putty is dried, take a dry cloth and wipe away any dust or loose particles.
Apply the chemical Adhesive to the surface next. While you are doing this, you can be letting the compressor charge up. Once everything is ready to go, it is time to paint. Yeah.
Make sure you have the respirator on and make a few practice strokes. This is where the scraps of cardboard come in and if you can find the shiny type, well, that's even better. Once you are sure of your hand and the sprayer, it is time to begin applying the first coat to your tub. Once that coat is done, wait 30 minutes before applying the topcoat. Once this is on you have to wait about 48 hours for it to completely dry. Remember to go over your topcoat to smooth out any rough edges.
Now, move the tub back where it belongs or take this time to give it a new home in your bathroom, and take a long hot bath - you deserve it.
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