During today’s time of falling house prices and recession, there are a lot of things that you can do in order to improve the worth of your home. Applying  a new coat of paint to your bathroom walls, fixing flaws, or updating the plumbing fixtures can transform your old and tired bathroom into a modern one while you spend little money. Little, that is, except if you want to replace the bathtub. Even though your bathtubs may get chipped, stained, or scratched over so many years of use, they may be difficult to remove and expensive to replace. This is precisely the reason why individuals select a different method when it comes to revamping their bathtubs. Instead of replacing, they go for refinishing.

You may be surprised to know that you can actually do the refinishing work by yourself and you can save more money from this. All that you need are the proper supplies and materials. Keep in mind that the things that you will be using have some harmful chemical and fumes so while refinishing your tub, this can be very difficult for your respiratory system. Thus, make sure that you will be working in a room that is well ventilated and protect yourself by wearing a face mask. If no windows are present in your bathroom, you might want to get a respirator so that you lungs will be protected. Aside from these, you also need to have:

  • Chemical cleansers for your bathtub so that it could be stripped from all the residue
  • Bathroom caulk of high quality
  • Huge sheets of paper like a newspaper or plastic to use as a covering for all the other things in the room
  • Large masking tape
  • Paint spray gun
  • An effective bonding agent that can be used with porcelain
  • Either epoxy or primer pain
  • An acrylic top coat

You may begin your bathroom makeover by removing all the caulking found around the bathtub. Then you have to apply some chemical cleansers to get rid of the residue on the surface. It is important that you get the entire surface to be cleaned completely so that the new coating for the surface can form and make a very strong bond.

By making use of a palm sander, sand the whole surface of the bathtub which will create a great surface for the topcoat to be able to adhere completely. In the sanding phase, you may get rid of any blemishes that may be found in your bathtub like nicks, scratches, and chips. Although you cannot totally eradicate them, make sure that eliminate them in the best way that you can. After all, the kind of surface that you will be creating through sanding will have a huge impact on the finished product.

After this sanding stage, remove all of the substances from the surface of the tub completely. This will include the residue from you sanding like dust, chemicals, or any water that you have used. Remember to wear a mask during cleaning so that you can reduce the dust that you will be inhaling. Before applying acrylic and the primer for final coating, make sure that the surface is totally dry and clean.

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