The majority of homeowners choose tub reglazing over purchasing a new bathtub. Why? Because when done correctly, competent bathtub refinishing can make a tub seem as good as new. This approach also allows your clients to keep their tubs in place, eliminating the need to replace existing flooring, tiling, fixtures, and other features. Instead, the surrounding surfaces are covered off and left alone while the repair is done.
There are several elements to consider while refinishing a bathtub. In the sections below, we’ll review Seven easy tips to make your next tub reglazing endeavor successful.
Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace
Before you begin your bathtub repair project, you must thoroughly organize your workspace. In addition to protecting all surrounding surfaces, you must take all necessary safety precautions. To keep the area well-ventilated, turn on the bathroom fan, open a window, and utilize an industrial fan to push the air outside.
Step 2: Remove Caulk
Remove the overflow plate above the tub drain first. Next, cut the caulk where it meets the surround using a utility knife. When the caulk comes free, use a putty knife to ease it off. (If black markings emerge during this procedure, don’t worry; they may be erased afterward.)
Necessary: If the caulk you’re removing includes silicone, you must use a silicone digester to remove the residue. Please do so to avoid the tub reglazing work being ruined.
Step 3: Clean the Bathtub Thoroughly
Before refinishing a tub, it must be thoroughly cleaned. First, scrub it with a scouring powder and pad. A razor scraper is also helpful in eliminating soap scum. Remember the area under the soap dish; debris will likely accumulate there. Finally, pay close attention to the drain since this is the most common area where tub reglazing fails.
Step 4: Repair Any Damage
When refinishing a bathtub, the surface must be smooth. Any chips, cracks, or other damage must be repaired before installation. Line the bottom of the tub with masking paper and use a putty knife to smooth out any flaws. Allow the filler to set completely before sanding. This procedure must be repeated until the desired outcome is reached.
Step 5: Sand the Tub
After the tub has completely dried, the surface must be sanded. The cover may be filed by hand. Alternatively, use an electric orbital sander and 120-grit sandpaper. Using your respirator is crucial during this time. Wipe the dust and dirt away using a wet cloth. Paper towel after sanding the whole tub. Wipe away from the drain and towards the tub’s backside. Finally, complete the process with lacquer thinner or a detailing compound.
Step 6: Apply Masking Tape
After that, mask off the tile surrounding the tub and the neighboring floors. Tape over the drain (remove any surplus so it doesn’t get in the way of the glazing). Place a rubber glove or comparable barrier over the faucet and showerhead to prevent leaks throughout the tub reglazing process.
Step 7: Apply Tub Reglazing Product
The glaze may be applied after processes one through six have been completed. Because each bathtub refinishing product is unique, read the directions thoroughly. The masking may be removed once the tub has dried for a few hours. However, take your time with this step. Otherwise, dust will adhere to the surface of the tub. Re-caulk the bathtub after 24 hours. Replace the overflow lid after 48 hours to finish the repair.
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