Posted on: 6 July 2015Share
If your home's old bathtub and tile surround have seen better days, then you will be happy to know that for less than the cost of a family dinner at your favorite restaurant, you can make the bathtub look like it is brand new! Today's epoxy bathtub refinishing products make improving your bathroom simple, and the results are very dramatic.
Buying Epoxy Resurfacing Products
You can purchase epoxy resurfacing products at any local hardware or home improvement store in the paint section. For refinishing both a bathtub and tile surround, you will need at least three containers of epoxy paint. Before purchasing the paint, measure the area you need to cover and take those measurements with you to the store to ensure you buy enough paint to complete the job. An average-size bathtub requires one container of paint to provide enough paint to complete the required two layers.
Preparing Your Home's Bathtub for Resurfacing
To prepare your home's bathtub and tile surround to receive the epoxy paint, first clean them well with acetone. The acetone will remove any oils from the tub and tile's surface. After you have completed this step, then rub down the entire area you will be painting with sandpaper. Epoxy paint is designed to adhere well to a rough surface, so the better you prepare the surface, then the better the end result will be.
When you are finished with the sandpaper, then you need to thoroughly vacuum the whole bathroom area. Wait a few minutes after vacuuming to allow any dust to settle, and then wipe the area down with a tack cloth or static cleaning cloth. Removing all of the dust from the area is very important because otherwise it can stick in the epoxy paint and cause problems with the new finish.
Mix the Epoxy Paint and Paint the Bathtub and Tile Surround
Epoxy paints are a two-part paint. You need to mix the two parts together and then immediately paint the tub. The epoxy paint will not stay liquid like a regular paint product will, so you need to work quickly.
The best way to apply epoxy paint is to use a paint sprayer. If you do not own one, you can rent one at your local construction equipment rental company. If you do not have any experience with paint sprayers, then you can use a roller and brush to apply the paint. This type of paint is self-leveling so your brush strokes and any bubbles from the roller will disappear as the paint cures in place.
Allow the paint to cure for at least one week before you use the bathtub.
As you can see, it is not difficult to overhaul your home's old funky tub and tile surround and turn it into a fabulous place to soak and relax. If you need assistance with this or any other home renovation project, then you should contact a licensed general contractor (such as one from Battistelli, Glenn LLC) in your local area.