The bathtub or shower stall can be the centerpiece of your bathroom, and when it starts to show its age, it may be time for a change. However, purchasing an entire new stall can be expensive. Bathtub resurfacing is a much more budget-friendly option that can truly freshen up your tub and make it look like new!
If you hire someone to do the bathtub resurfacing, you will have added to the expense of the job. It is counterproductive if you are trying to save money by simply resurfacing. This process can be a rewarding DIY project that you can complete on your own. There are multiple kits available in various paint and finish choices. Allows you to choose a do it yourself kit that will result in the look you desire for your bathroom.
No matter which kit you choose, the first step in the resurfacing process is to extensively clean the tub. Some kits will include a specific cleaner and directions while others will expect you to clean the tub initially on your own. Either way, all debris, resins, and oils should be removed completely from the surface. The tub should then be allowed to dry thoroughly.
Next, the existing finish must be sanded. There are many grades of sandpaper available. 220 or 240 grade seems to be the optimal choice for sink and bathtub finishes. Once the sanding is complete, wash off the residual dust and allow the tub to dry once again.
Any old primer that remains on the tub has to to be removed as well. A primer reducer should be applied with a sponge or paper towel. Once this step is complete, any fractures, indentions or small holes should be filled with putty. The putty needs to dry for approximately 30 minutes.
The new primer can now be applied and left to dry. A final coat of epoxy should finish off the resurfacing process. Both of these processes may produce hazardous fumes so make sure you have access to adequate ventilation. Open windows if you can and turn on the bathroom fan. After 48 hours, it should be safe to use the tub.
There is an alternative to tub resurfacing that requires much less manual labor. However, the results are not as cosmetically appealing and do not last as long. Tub relining consists of gluing a liner constructed of acrylic or PVC to the existing tub. This technique leaves the bathtub with a sometimes uncomfortable, plastic feel to the touch while it is evident that there are two layers to the surface itself. Bathtub resurfacing is the best DIY process.