Rescue Your Old Tub
Resurfacing tubs and sinks in your bathroom allows you to rescue your tired old tub and sink by spraying on an acrylic urethane resin coating. For most homeowners when their tub or sink is damaged or discolored beyond recognition, it is usually time to replace the fixtures at a sizable expense. What most home renovators don’t realize is that they can refinish their bathtub or sink at a nominal cost as compared to a complete removal and replacement of their fixtures.
If your bathing space or sink is looking older than it actually is, with little experience, you too can successfully bring back the sheen to your worn and dull tub and sink surfaces. With the proper application, bathtub and sink refinishing is a process that can make dated colors, swirls, cracks and scratches all disappear at a fraction of the cost of buying new fixtures.
Refinishing bathtubs and sinks can not only make your grooming space look amazing once again but it also allows you to change the color of your tub or sink to compliment any new décor or redecorating plan. You will need to acquire a list of materials to properly refinish your bathtub and sink, so before you get started make sure you have everything you need!
Surface Restoration Tools
Repairing and refinishing bathtubs and sinks requires the following materials for surface restoration:
• Gloves (the thicker the better, so try to get some high quality rubber ones)
• Face protection equipment (this includes a respirator and protection for the eyes)
• Piece of cloth
• Chemical cleaners
• Sand paper
When refinishing bathtubs and sink in your bathroom, you’ll be working with chemicals that will irritate your skin so you should always wear protective equipment to avoid any chemicals from touching your body or unnecessarily inhaling noxious fumes.
Proper ventilation is also mandatory with bathtub and sink re-glazing, as working in a closed space with so many chemicals is not an option. Turn on all fans and open all windows in your washroom, and make sure nobody else enters the room while you’re working especially children or individuals with asthma or other related breathing problems!
Preparing the Surface
Ok, let’s move forward with your remodeling project. To return your damaged tub and sink surfaces to their original smoothness, you first need to clean them properly. Use a prescribed chemical cleaner to remove the caulk, dirt, and any other mineral deposits that may be present on your bathtub or sink surfaces. Also when you refinish your bathtub or sink, make sure to use your gloves, because the chemicals will irritate or even damage your skin!
Next use the sandpaper to sand everything down, this not only removes surface anomalies but also helps with creating a slightly etched surface so the primer and paint will adhere to. When repairing worn damaged or chipped bathroom fixtures make sure any gaps or cracks that are present are filled with polyester, so the surface is smooth and leveled. Subsequently, either use a damp cloth to wipe the bathtub and sink spotless, or you can clean it again.
It should be noted here that when you refinish your bathtub and sink, it is very important that no dust, dirt, soap or other debris remains on the fittings surface, so use a prescribed chemical solvent to ensure cleanliness. Plus in order to complete your tub refinishing project, primer needs to be applied and it won’t stick to the tub or sink’s surface if it is not fully clean and free of all oils or grease.
Protect From Overspray
Before applying the primer to your tub or sink, use some painters tape to cover the areas that you won’t be painting to protect those surfaces from little droplets of overspray. You may be confident in your painting skills and you may think that this is not required, but trust us, this step is very important and will reduce clean up and time consuming paint removal later on! You can use newspapers for larger areas.
Now you can start applying the primer either using a spray nozzle or a paint brush. Apply it in steady strokes, making sure that it is applied evenly to the entire tub or sink surface, leaving no spots untouched. While this is one of the latter steps to refinishing your tub, it is important not to hurry because paint won’t stick to the surface if the primer is not properly and evenly applied, so don’t leave any bald spots. The art of refinishing bathroom fixtures by applying primer and paint is about technique as much as it is about patience.
Choosing a Color
You need to wait for the primer to dry completely before you can start painting. You can use this time to think about if you want to change the color of your tub or sink through refinishing, or if you want to maintain the original color. Once the primer has dried, and you’ve decided on what color to use, you can start painting.
When repairing and refinishing your existing bath tubs and sinks, use steady strokes here as well, and start from the bottom, to prevent paint from running down and pooling at the bottom of the vessel. Unfortunately the process of refinishing bathtubs and sinks takes time, approximately two days will be required for the paint to dry, so give it enough time to cure completely.
No, you’re not done just yet. To complete your makeover by refinishing your bathtub, you need to reapply caulk around your tub and sink as well. You do want your tub or sink to be waterproof, right? So apply the caulk and allow ample time for this to dry as well.
The surface restoration of your tub and sink is now complete. That wasn’t as complicated as many professionals out there would like you to believe to rescue your tub and sink from the garbage dump! It just took a lot of patience and some careful painting! You can even show your friends and family how good you’ve become and maybe they’ll want you to refinish the bathtubs and sinks for their homes as well!
There are many professional bathroom restoration companies out there that will refit your tub and sink in your lavatory but selecting a professional refinisher for your sinks and tubs can take time and you will have to pay for their services. This diy fixture surface restoration process can save you a lot of money in the end if done correctly, so all that time spent working on it is certainly worth it, so if you can, and are confident in your abilities, give it a shot!