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Tips For Painting Your Bathtub To Match Your Bathroom

by Marvin Gilbert

If you have recently painted or redecorated your bathroom, you may find that the bathtub color just doesn't fit the rest of the room. While you could go out and buy a new tub to match the room, you can also paint or refinish the one you have. Depending on the type of tub you have, there are different ways to paint it. Here are a few tips to ensure your entire bathroom looks well put together.

Prepackaged Kit

There are some prepackaged kits available for painting bathtubs. They will contain the epoxy needed to change the color and a list of all the materials you need to get the job done correctly. Do not substitute tools or materials if you want the job to come out looking good. You will also need to be sure to follow the directions that come with the kit exactly or you will end up with a bit of a mess. 

Prep the Tub

According to professionals like those at Stanley Avenue Tub Co., for the best results, the tub needs to be clean. Use a tub cleaning product to make sure you have gotten all of the soap residue and dirt off the surface. Once clean, use a bleach water solution over the entire surface. 

Sand, Sand, Sand

You will need to sand the tub before applying the epoxy. It is crucial that you sand the entire tub very well. Any small blemish in the finish will show. even a small bump will make the result look s if it were done in a hurry and without any care. When you think you have gotten everything smooth, go over it again just to be sure.

Ventilate

While you may be able to get away with painting the walls without wearing a mask, be warned that epoxy is different. It not only smells bad but is not good to breathe in at all and can make you sick. It is also important that you ventilate the room. Open the window and turn on the vent fan. Make sure the air is circulating so you are not breathing in the epoxy fumes.

Epoxy takes longer than normal paint to dry. You need to wait until the first coat is completely dry before doing a second one. After you apply the second coat, you should use a wet, high-grit sandpaper to smooth out the finish. Of course, if this seems like a lot of work you can always contact a professional to do the job for you.

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