How to Redo Bathtub Reglazing?
If you are thinking of restoring your bathtub to its former glory, there are many different options available. Whether you have a porcelain tub or a cast iron model, reglazing is a great way to revitalize the look of your bathroom. It is an easy and cost-effective solution. There are several factors that should be considered before getting started.
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Firstly, it is important to understand that resurfacing is not a permanent fix. This is because structural cracks cannot be fixed by resurfacing. While resurfacing can mask the cracks for a while, they are likely to grow bigger and require a replacement. Consequently, resurfacing is only a cosmetic fix. Refinishing the tub is a better option.
However, if the tub is too damaged to use, refinishing may not be an option. You can find reglazer at your local hardware store, and this can give the surface a new shine. Although it is a temporary fix, it can help to restore the beauty of your old bathtub.
If you are not comfortable doing this on your own, a professional refinishing company will be able to complete the job for you. Often, a reputable company will have excellent reviews. Before deciding to have your bathtub refinished, make sure to read the instructions carefully. These include the drying time for the reglazer, the removal of the existing paint, and the reapplying of the stronger coat of finishing paint.
The reglazer must be applied slowly to ensure that the surface is cured before it can be used. The first coat should be applied in a thin layer, and you should wait about 30 minutes to an hour between coats. After the first coat has cured, you can apply the second coat, but you can’t skip this step. Once the second coat is cured, you can apply the third.
When choosing a refinishing kit, be sure to select one that is rated for bathrooms. Most of these kits are epoxy-based, and they will take about 24 hours to fully cure. For this reason, you should be prepared to leave your home for a day or two.
Depending on how bad the tub’s condition is, it might be best to simply replace it instead of resurfacing it. If your tub has been in use for decades, it probably won’t be a good candidate for resurfacing. Instead, you might be able to get away with just refinishing it, though you will probably need to do it again in a few years.
You can also consider resurfacing with an acrylic tub liner, which is an easy, quick way to add a new finish to your bathtub. Acrylic liners can be installed in just a few days, so you don’t have to spend too much time in the bathroom.
Another alternative is to sand the surface of the tub with an abrasive pad. Using an abrasive pad is a simple and inexpensive way to dull the finish, but you should be aware that this may damage the finish of the tub.