Refinishing can Save you Money
Before you rip out your bathtub, sink or countertop, look into refinishing it first. It can be a very expensive proposition and a lot of mess to completely replace all these things. Why deal with the hassle, when you can get a whole new look, without making a huge mess?
Just purchasing a liner is an easy way to give your tub or sink a Hollywood-style make-over. A liner is custom fitted for your tub and placed directly on top of your old tub. If the liner is installed properly, they can last up to 15 years.
Tummy-tuck refinishing is a less expensive alternative to purchasing a new tub or sink. This could be done in one afternoon. It is not recommended to refinish a tub or sink that is pitted or has rust.
The great news is you can learn to refinish your very own tub all by yourself. Before you get started, you will need to be sure you have the right tools available. This is important, as you do not want to get started and then have to go find a tool in the middle of this project.
You will need:
• Spray gun that has high-volume, low-pressure
• Face mask
• Sandpaper and palm sander
• Masking tape
• Primer or epoxy paint
• EP-acrylic top coat
• Chemical cleaners
• Porcelain and tile bonding agent
This 8 step process is designed to help you refinish your surface from start to finish.
1. Clean the entire area you plan to refinish with the chemical cleaners. This will help to get rid of any surface grease. It will also help the surface to bond better when you use your bonding agent. Rinse thoroughly and dry off.
Preparing Your Surfaces
2. Now you are ready to start sanding. This will make it easier to paint for bonding purposes. It is important not to use just any sander. You need to use a palm sander because it vibrates, which will give you a more even surface.
3. After sanding, the next step is to start painting. Cover up any surfaces you are not planning to paint with taping paper.
4. You will need to apply a bonding agent to the surface if you are refinishing porcelain or tile. Use cheese cloth or paper towel to apply the chemical adhesive. Allow it to dry for five minutes.
5. Use EP-Acrylic with a gloss finish for your tub or tile. This type of paint will produce a strong and durable finish. It also is available in a variety of colors. For your counters or cabinets, use Satin finish acrylic polymers paint.
6. Prepare your primer according to the directions. Then you need to pour it into the paint pot of your spray gun. Next, hook the pot of paint up to your spray gun. Spray on a different area first to be sure it is working properly. Once it is ready, you can begin painting.
7. To get an even coating, you should paint the surface in a back and forth motion. It is important to release the trigger of the spray gun each time you reach the edge of the surface to prevent from over-spraying and making the paint run.
8. Once you have finished your first coat, reapply another one. Two coats will produce the best results. After your second coat of primer, you need to apply two to three coats of acrylic topcoat. Wait at least 30 minutes between each coat to dry.
Congratulations, you have just finished your first bathtub refinishing project. Although it is a simple process, it is important to spray the paint evenly. Wait 24 to 48 hours before you try out your brand new bathtub! And although you will not receive your “plastic surgeon” degree, you will keep your bathroom looking fresh with this simple bathroom make over.