Even if your bathtub is older and worn, it doesn't mean that you have to replace it. In fact, you can give your bathtub a whole new look by refinishing it instead. Not only is it faster, it's also easier than having to remove and replace the entire bathtub unit. Here's a look at what you need to know to refinish your tub.
Preparing Your Work Area
If you want the refinishing process to be as successful as possible, you'll want to make sure that you're careful about the preparation. Clean the entire bathtub with a product designed to remove soap scum. This will eliminate any dirt or debris that could interfere with the process. You may need to clean the tub a couple of times before you dissolve all of the soap scum, but it's important that you stick with it. The bonding agent won't adhere properly otherwise. Once the tub is clean, rinse it and dry it completely.
Creating a Rough Surface
Once you've cleaned the whole surface, you'll need to rough it up so that the epoxy will stay in place. The best way to do this is with a vibrating palm sander. Move the sander in a circular motion, making sure that you apply even pressure. This is important, because it creates an even surface for the epoxy. You need to be as consistent as possible so that you don't create peaks or valleys.
Protecting the Tub Fixtures
You can reduce a lot of the cleanup demand and repair work after the resurfacing by taking steps to protect all of your fixtures. Cover each fixture with newspaper taped in place using painter's tape or a similar product.
Applying the Bonding Adhesive
The bonding adhesive is necessary to help the epoxy layer stick to the enamel coating. You can apply the adhesive with paper towels or cheesecloth. As another alternative, you can apply it in a light coating with a spray bottle. Just make sure the bathroom is ventilated when you're doing this, because the fumes may irritate your lungs otherwise.
Finishing With Epoxy
The acrylic polymer epoxy made for bathtub refinishing is usually high-gloss. It's easiest to apply it in a paint sprayer for even distribution. Move the sprayer evenly across the tub surface to make sure that you get a smooth, even coating. Release the trigger of the sprayer when you get to the edges of the tub so that you can minimize the overspray damage. You'll need to apply a couple of coats, but make sure you allow the epoxy to dry for a couple of days before using the shower again. Contact a company like Tub Solutions Inc for more information.