Resurfacing a bathtub has a range of benefits. The most meaningful one is that your bathtub stays in the same place it is in now. You won’t have to go through the trauma of replacing it and having the old one dragged out of your home. Furthermore, if your bathtub was removed, you’d have to deal with the flooring, the tiles, and the plumbing. This means the costs would build quickly. However, when you get your tub refinished, or even do it yourself, everything is much simpler. No other parts of your bathroom will be damaged and displaced, and you won’t have to go through the hassle of choosing a new bath that fits and matches the style. If needed you may consider doing a bathroom remodeling. According to the restoration experts at Rapid Refinishing with the proper maintenance and care, bathtub refinishing will last up to if not much more than 10 to 15 years. This is another great reason to choose refinishing over the other options we discussed. In the next section, we will walk you through how to do this.
Sometimes you might hear the term ‘reglazing a bathtub’ used in place of ‘refinishing a bathtub’. This means the same thing, so there is no need to be concerned. Here are the steps professionals will follow:
1. Cleaning your tub and taking away any of the caulking.
2. Covering up any parts of your bathroom not involved in the refinishing process. This will ensure they are not damaged or splashed with chemicals. They can use tape or towels for this. It is especially important to cover up anything that easily stains, or anything that shines such as chrome taps.
3. Taking away all of the plumbing, such as taps, drains, and anything else.
4. Ensuring the bathroom has a ventilation system installed so that you don’t get overwhelmed by any chemical smells and can evacuate them from your home.
5. Gently using sandpaper to make the current finish as rough as possible. Sometimes this procedure may involve the use of acid for etching.
6. Using a hoover to clean out the bathtub after you’ve sanded it.
7. Using a filler to seal up any spaces that are fragmented, cracked, or worn away. They may charge you more at this stage.
8. Coating the bathtub with several layers of primer, and leaving it to dry off. The ideal number of coatings is three.
9. Adding the top-coat mixture with a spray gun and allowing it to settle into the bathtub. 10. Applying a buffing machine to the coating after it has completely dried.
You may have to wait a few days. Some methods do not use buffing.
If you’re on a budget and you don’t want to spend large amounts of money, then there is a way for you to refinish your bathtub on your own. This will require the use of alternative tools compared to the ones we mentioned above. For example, you will want gloves, wire wool, brushes, cleaning fluid, and goggles. This approach will leave you with a better result than simply painting your bathtub, but not as good a result as using professionals. There are some special steps you need to take to make this a success: 1. Wash your bathtub and take off the caulking. 2. Detach and place to one side all of the fixtures within the bathtub, such as the faucets. 3. Cover up everything around the bath so that nothing gets harmed or stained by chemicals or the DIY process, and put some fans on to waft out any smells. 4. Use water and powder from an etching kit for the etching process to weaken the old finish, and then rinse out the tub with water. 5. For sanding, follow the same process as outlined above. 6. After sanding, use towels to soak up any water, followed by cloths to pick up any loose dirt and dust. 7. Use a roller to rub in the layers of primer, and then let it dry out. 8. Make a coating of epoxy, and begin rolling it onto both sides of your bathtub. You should apply it both up and down, and side to side. This will ensure the best coverage and pick up any drips or streaks. The base of the bath should be done last. You can also use a sponge for the edges. 9. Repeat step 8 once more with another epoxy coating. 10. Wait for 2 days and ventilate the bathroom for the first 24 hours and longer if necessary. 11. Once you are sure everything is dry, put back all of the fixtures that you previously removed. Then caulk your bathtub and wait for one more night before you attempt to use it. That’s the difference between resurfacing a bathtub yourself and getting it done professionally. Now that you’ve read this you’ll be able to understand bathtub refurbishing, as well as knowing how to refinish a bathtub. Besides the improvement in the bathtub, there are other DIY projects for home improvements you can take on.