Try refinishing bathtub rather than replacing it


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Tile resurfacing paints provide a durable, porcelain-like finish that can make your old bathtub look like new again.

If you are willing to go a few days without a shower, you can refinish that worn and discolored porcelain tub with a tub and tile resurfacing paint like Homax’s Tough as Tile Surface Refinisher.

Step 1: Read the directions carefully and be sure you have all of the supplies needed. Preparation is the key to success. Wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area, free of dirt and debris.

Step 2: Use a putty knife to scrape away the caulk along the bathtub edges and cover the floor with a heavy drop cloth for protection during the refinishing process.

Step 3: Clean the entire tub surface twice. Once with your regular bathtub cleaner and a second time using a half cup of TSP powder mixed with warm water.

Step 4: Scour the surface to be painted with #000 steel wool. Rinse and dry completely then repeat the process two more times, for a total of three scourings. The multiple scouring and rinsing process will help break down the tub’s porcelain finish and allow the tile paint to adhere properly.

Step 5: Once the tub is scoured and dry, wipe the entire surface with a tack cloth or a rag soaked in mineral spirits to remove any dust or debris.

Step 6: Remove the drain cover plate and use newspaper and painter’s tape to mask off the overflow plate, faucet and wall edges.

Step 7: Follow the manufactures directions and brush on a thin coat of paint, using a good quality natural bristle brush. After the first coat has been applied, secure the can lid tightly and seal the can and brush in a plastic bag.

Step 8: Wait two to four hours for the paint to dry. Apply a second coat, keeping each coat thin to avoid runs and drips.

Step 9: Allow the surface to dry for a minimum of 72 hours. After it has dried completely, carefully remove any painter’s tape and paper. Reapply a smooth bead of caulk as needed around the tub. Allow the caulk to set thoroughly before slipping into that nice, hot luxurious bath in your newly refinished tub!


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