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Bathtub Paint

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If you have bought a new bathtub, then you probably have no use for this article, as bathtub paint should be freshly coated on the exterior of the bath.  If you have an old one that has its paint work peeling off, then you’ll probably need to take action by buying some bathroom paint.

After all, when the paintwork starts to come off, the exposed parts start rusting and that just adds to the ugliness that the tub now sports. Anyway, you’ll want to act to ensure that the damage is curtailed so that the spread of the rust is arrested. What you need to do is give your bathtub a fresh new coat of paint.

The trouble is that getting bathtub paint can be pretty dicey because of the issue of quality and then compatibility with your tub. If you do end up buying paint for bathtubs, however, you can either get someone to do the painting for you, or you can do it yourself.  Painting a bathtub isn’t hard, but there are a few guidelines you’ll want to adhere to.  This article will give you simple directions that explain how you can perform some bathtub refinishing yourself.

1. First, you have to take note of the fact that the paint is flammable. You must therefore avoid using it near any heat source. As a matter of fact, you must put off all heat sources around the places where you wish to use the paint.

2. Make sure that anyone who is asthmatic in that house is not anywhere around that bathtub paint job. This is because inhaling the paint could trigger a crisis in an asthmatic patient. If it is possible, do not use the paint in the house at all. You could always paint the bathtub in another location if you haven’t installed it yet.

3. You may not be able to procure the exact paint color that your tub previously had. If that is the case, you have to apply the new paint color to the entire bathtub (over the old coat) to give it a consistent look.  This bathtub resurfacing won’t require much extra work.

4. Make sure that you carry out all repair work that needs to be done on the tub before you start to apply the bathtub paint.

5. You will need a pair of disposable gloves, some masking paper, tape (approximately 1 roll), foam type rollers and brushes, 100 grit sandpaper (1 sheet), a paint tray, and then acetone.

6. You have to ensure that all rust that has formed on the bathtub is removed and the surface left clean and dry. Using the acetone, wipe all the soap scum that has formed in the tub. The rust can be removed with a wire brush.

7. Using the masking tape, mask all of the fixtures and drainages in the bathtub. You have to the wipe the fixtures with acetone and then apply the primer all over the inner and outer parts of the tub and allow the bath paint to dry for 24 hours.

8. After the 24 hours have passed, you can mix the bathtub paint for the brush-on work and then apply the paint all over the bathtub. You can coat it once lightly and then finish that off with another good coating. Make sure that you wipe off all the excess paint with paint thinner.

Of course, you can always hire someone locally to perform the bathtub paint job yourself if this seems like too complicated a task.  Look for contractors on sites like Craigslist, unless you can get a word of mouth recommendation from a friend.  An online search should also yield plenty of contractors too.