Refinishing your tub can be quite expensive which is why many people put off doing it. A refinishing company will charge you at least $300 which can go up to $900. If you want to save yourself hundreds of dollars, you can do it yourself as long as you follow the proper steps and use bathtub refinishing kits the right way.
A DIY bathtub reglazing kit will only cost you anywhere between $25-$150. The cheaper varieties only come with the epoxy formula used to coat the tub while the more expensive ones come with a complete set of tools such as prepping agents, protective gear, and silicone used as a sealant. Whichever kit you decide to buy, make sure to follow these basic steps.
Step 1 - Preparation
The first step of course is to make sure that you are wearing protective gear and your bathroom is well ventilated. Get your tub ready for refinishing by removing all the dirt and grime inside the tub as well as on the edges.
Step 2 - Sanding
Once your tub is clean, remove the existing glaze by scrubbing the whole thing with a steel wool three times over. In between each sanding, use a towel to clean your tub with the solution that comes with your kit. You can also use trisodium phosphate for cleaning. Make sure that the tub is even and smooth after this step.
Step 3 - Masking
Protect the areas that you do not want to get chemicals on such as your bathroom walls, faucet, knobs, drain, etc. Also, seal the shower head to ensure that water will not drip.
Step 4 - Refinishing
Refinishing kits come in different formulas so make sure to read the instructions carefully first. The epoxy paint usually comes in a ready-to-use spray can while some need to be mixed. Apply the epoxy evenly on the tub. The coating does not need to be thick as long as itâs even. Kits usually require at least 2 layers of coating while some need more. Wait 15 minutes in between each coating. After refinishing, let it dry for at least 3 days.
Step 5 - Sealing
Once the tub is completely dry, carefully remove all the masking you had set-up. Take out the tube of silicone included in the kit and apply it all around your tub including where the wall meets the tub as well as around the faucet and drain. If you do everything correctly, you will get a nice, shiny, brand-new looking bathtub.
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