It is no secret that bathrooms are one of the most expensive rooms in your house to renovate. Every home deserves a beautiful, practical bathroom; so here is a simple change you can do to update the look and feel your yours.
Don’t go ripping out your dated or worn-out bathtub! Save yourself the work and money by giving it a fresh coat of paint instead! Not only will a DIY paint job revamp your bathtub, but it will also aid in protecting the enamel for years to come.
Get Your Supplies
No calculations are needed to work out how much paint you’ll need, most bathtubs are the same size. Just one pack of White Knight Tub ‘n’ Tile should cover your entire tub; unless your tub is in a very poor state, go for two packs.
This is the most important step to achieving a successful DIY makeover – preparing your bathtub’s surface! Use an abrasive scrubber to clear away any soap scum or bath oils that may be on your tub. Don’t overlook the drainage hole.
Time to Sand
To ensure your newly painted tub won’t start flaking and cracking after a couple of uses, do not skip the tedious step of sanding! Use sandpaper or an electric sander to roughen up your bathtub’s surface – removing the glossy enamel finish. Be sure to sand back any bumps or cracks that can lead to rust or damage to the rest of the finish.
Rinse your tub with warm water and let it dry. Then give it a wipe down with some rust guard solvent for an extremely clean finish.
Prevent an Unwanted Mess
Use painters tape and drop sheets to protect the wall and floor tile surrounding the edges of your bathtub from paint. Wrapping the taps and faucets in a plastic bag, secured with an elastic band, will protect them from unwanted paint and prevent a leaking tap messing up your fresh paint. Don’t forget to tape your metal drain cover as well.
Time To Paint
White Knight’s tub ‘n tile consists of a few steps for a flawlessly painted bathtub:
- Stir together part A and B in a large container, preferably glass, for at least five minutes.
- Pour half of this mixture into a second container. Seal both containers tightly, and place one of them in the fridge, leaving the other out in room temperature.
- After an hour, stir up the room temperature paint for another five minutes, and get ready to paint! Starting from the bottom of the bathtub, use a bristle brush to layer the paint in a criss-cross motion. Leave the first coat to dry for at least a day.
- Pull your second container of paint out of the fridge about an hour before applying your second coat. Give this container yet another five minute stir, then apply in the same way as the first coat. Ensure your bathtub is left for five full days, with the plastic bags covering the taps, before using it.