A Homeowner’s Guide on How to Paint a Bathtub with Epoxy Paint

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Photo by: Bigstockphoto

It’s always nice to see a new bathtub but with frequent use it’s once brilliant color will eventually fade. In order to save money, some people choose to repaint their bathtubs. If it’s not entirely damaged or broken, repainting it would be a great way to revive it all over again. Now if you are someone who is practical and planning to get your tub a makeover, using epoxy paint can help solve the problem.

In order for you to paint your tubs with epoxy paint, here are the steps that you need to take:

First of all clean the tub. Do this by mixing 1 part bleach with 4 parts water. Stir it and apply this on your tub. After applying it in, rinse it with water. With an abrasive pad and cleaner, remove all soap, molds, scum in the tub and roughen the surface. Make sure that you get every corner clean. Once you are done, rinse it thoroughly with water.

Next, sand the tub with a medium grit sand paper. Make sure to sand it evenly and in one direction so that the surface will not feel and look rough. Vacuum the dust and with the area with tack cloth. Make sure to remove all the debris and dust from the sanding before you proceed to the next step.

Lift the drain stopper by taking off the screws. Loosen it and remove the plate that is covering over your water control if you can. With a painter’s tape, cover any remaining hardware. Tape the edges of the wall where it meets the tub.

Before painting, make sure to open all windows and doors in the bathroom. If there’s a vent fan, turn in on. This will allow airflow through the bathroom as you begin working. Make sure to protect yourself by using respirator. This will prevent you from inhaling fumes coming from the paint.

In order to start painting, mix two parts of the epoxy paint in a bowl that you can dispose. Mix only a portion of the base and activator enough for the first coat of paint.

With the use of a roller that is 4-inches (or whatever you are using), roll it on the epoxy paint. Start painting your tub until it is completely covered with paint. Make sure that you have all areas coated too.

For the paint to dry, give it at least six hours. Once it dries up, mix more paint and then paint your tub again until you are satisfied with how it looks. After you are done, allow the tub to dry for at least five days in order for the paint to really set in. Remove the entire painter’s tape that you have placed and reinstall the drain before using it.

Painting your tub is a good way to save money. It’s practical and you can always be creative with your bathroom or tub color. But if painting the tub on your own scares you thinking that you might screw it up, you can always hire professionals for that. After all, it’s your tub and your choice as how you want it to be!


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