How to Do Bathtub Resurfacing?
Buying a resurfacing kit
A bathtub resurfacing kit is a great option for anyone who wants to redo their tub without spending a lot of money. It comes with everything you need to refinish your bathtub, including brushes, foam rollers, gloves, and different types of coating. The kits can be used to restore any bathtub from an old to a new one. In addition, they can save you money by allowing you to save the money you would have spent on a new bathtub.
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Most bathtub resurfacing kits are designed to cover a single bathtub, while others are more comprehensive. Most of them offer two to three coats of coverage, though larger kits may have enough to cover a bathtub and surround. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully because improper application can ruin the coating.
Preparing the bathtub
Before reglazing the bathtub, you must prepare its surface. You should remove all soap and oils, and clean off any silicone materials. This ensures that the coating adheres properly. Also, you should pay attention to the area around the drain, which is prone to failure.
Prepare the bathtub surface by using an etching powder or sanding putty. These chemicals etch the surface of the bathtub so that the new surface can adhere properly. They also form millions of microscopic pits, which give the new surface a firm grip and mechanical bond.
If you want to repair your bathtub, you can opt for reglazing, which involves removing the old finish, repairing cracks and applying several coats of primer and sealant. However, you need to be careful about the safety precautions you take. You should wear coveralls and HEPA air filters while working with the refinishing chemicals. The chemicals are toxic and can damage your skin and lungs if you breathe them in. However, they are safe to breathe once they are fully cured and dried. To prevent this, you should wear protective gear and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
When applying the primer, you should make sure that it covers the entire surface of your bathtub. Make sure to use a continuous spout to apply the primer evenly. Moreover, you should place the correct amount of paint on your bathtub. Avoid using amateur websites and over-the-counter products as they are not recommended for bathtub resurfacing.
Curing the epoxy
After refinishing your bathtub with epoxy, it is necessary to cure it. Some types of epoxies require 24 to 48 hours to completely cure. Others may take up to three days. The instructions for bathtub resurfacing kits will specify how long the epoxy should be allowed to cure. Ensure that the room is well-ventilated, and finish by installing hardware.
During this time, you should avoid dropping items on the tub surface, such as toys, razors, and personal hygiene items. You also should avoid placing objects on the surface that may scratch the new finish. You will receive written instructions from the bathtub refinishing technician.
Cleaning the drain
Before resurfacing your bathtub, it’s important to clean the drain properly. It should be free of any oils, soap scum, or silicone materials. This will help the resurfacing materials adhere to the tub. Be sure to pay special attention to the area around the drain, which is prone to failure and should be cleaned thoroughly and completely.
A plunger can be used to remove a clogged drain. To use a plunger, remove the drain stopper from the bathtub and fill it with water. Once it reaches the drain, push the plunger’s handle up and down to push the clog out.