If your bathtub is looking dingy or the glaze needs to be redone, it is time to refinish your bathroom. If you are skilled handyman, you can attempt to do this job by yourself; however, it is not for the unskilled or weekend fixer upper. It is fairly difficult do it yourself job, but when done right, your bathtub can be restored to its original beauty. If you are interested in doing it, here are the steps to bath tub refinishing.
Gather your supplies. You will need a paint sprayer and a bath tub refinishing kit. You will also need a paint tray and brush (or rollers), masking tape, safety glasses and respirator, plastic to cover your faucet, putty, scraper, cleaning powder, paper towels and gloves.
You will need to start by doing a thorough bath tub cleaning. Remove the drain and its cover. Next remove the old caulking around the edges of the bath tub using a scraper or razor. Use your cleaning powder to clean the tub. A powder that is nonabrasive is best. Make sure you clean thoroughly; removing all the dirt, mildew and soap scum before rinsing your tub well.
Sand the bath tub using sandpaper if your bath tub refinishing kit requires you to do so. Once you are done, vacuum the tub to remove all the dust and then wipe it clean with a clean cloth. You can also re-rinse and dry.
Apply solvent or primer reducer to your tub next. This will remove all traces of soap and other cleaners, and it will give the surface extra grip for the primer.
Tape off the areas that will not be painted. Cover your faucet and other fixtures using plastic and secure it using tape.
Apply the primer. Put your safety mask and googles on before you mix your primer. Apply a coat of primer using a roller, brush or sprayer. Open a window if possible to allow proper air flow in the bathroom.
Allow the primer to dry. Leave the room as it does and make sure the room is well ventilated. Make sure to keep children and animals out of the room.
Apply the top coat using the sprayer or roller. Make sure the paint is even and work from the bottom up.
Remove the masking tape when you are finished painting. Leave the plastic on your fixtures until the paint is completely dry.
Hire a professional to do the job for you. If this seems like a hard job, or there is the slightest chance you cannot do it by yourself, consider hiring a professional. To find the right company to do your bath tub refinishing, Glendale has some good options. Call A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service for help with your next bath tub refinishing job. They have over 30 years of experience and do all the repairs and refinishing, all at reasonable prices.