March 7, 2016

DIY Bath tub re-surfacing


The projects continue at our newly purchased condo home, this time I focused on re-painting the bathtub. This was done almost 8+ months ago and its holding up beautifully. No scratching or chipping! Very impressed with the results. I bought the kit in a box, at Home Depot and followed the directions. You have to scour the tub 3 times and rinse with a cleaning agent, then dry between each cleaning. Once that is done, your ready to paint. The paint is a in a can. Word of advice, buy a super good high graded air mask. I started with a cheap normal mask, that wasn't enough. I went back to the store in the middle of painting and got a mask made for chemical odors, with carbon filters. It STILL wasn't enough. Do yourself a solid and get those large ones with side vents. This stuff is POWERFUL chemical smelling. Its the Epoxy in in that smells so strong.





BEFORE, no matter how many times I cleaned this tub. This is the way it looked, very scratched and stained.

Do this project only when you have a few good days of weather back to back. All my windows and doors were open, I had three purifiers running. Pets locket into another room with the door shut and a towel under the cracks. I could not sleep in my room for two nights, because of the smell. Do set up a fan after your done to set drying faster. Careful of runs when painting. Tape off your area well, so no splatters hit anything. tape off the faucet etc. This was a very rewarding outcome, its a lot of work but it looks amazing when done!!

HUGE TIP: On the box it said to let dry for 3 days before use, I let it go for 4 days and laid the shower mat down and showered. The next day I went to pull up the mat and the mat peeled up paint with it!! It was NOT fully dry. Let it sit a whole week to be safe, it takes awhile to dry, even more so then the box states. I need to go back re-do a few areas at the bottom now. 


Now to find a good way to make grout nice and White again! I also pulled up all the old caulking with a tool and put down all new fresh White.

4 comments :

  1. how cool! thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! I've never known anyone who used a resurfacing product on their tub, but I'm thinking about it for our main bathroom. Glad to know it's holding up well!

    (Stopped by from Etsy!)

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  3. Oh, it looks great! Thank you for sharing. My bath is also in need of restoration.

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  4. Amazing transformation! Thanks for sharing with us at Brag About It! Pinned to share.
    Have a wonderful week!
    ~Laurie

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