When you want to renovate your bathroom and give it a brand new look, one way to do that in a way that looks attractive, while saving money at the same time, is to refinish your existing bathtub instead of getting a new one. If you're thinking about doing this, you'll need the tips below to ensure that the finished tub is done properly and you end up with a beautiful new tub you can be happy with.
Do Other Construction Work First
You might be planning to renovate your entire bathroom, but don't start with your bathtub. It's important to do any drywall or wall tile work before you start the work of refinishing your tub. Pieces of drywall, shoe marks and other stains from wall work might end up damaging a refinished tub and make it look unsightly. When you do actually begin working work on your tub, you can protect new walls with tape and plastic so that none of the refinishing glaze gets on them.
Get Leaks Fixed
Another thing you'll want to do before you refinish your bathtub is to make sure that nothing inside the tub will affect the quality of the tub finish. Of particular note is the tub faucet. There may be a minor leak that isn't causing major problems during use, but dripping water may interfere with the ability of the tub finish to dry properly. That could mean that the new tub won't look the way you want it to--you might end up re-doing the job at a later time.
To make sure this doesn't happen, have leaks repaired before starting the work on your bathtub.
Clean the Existing Tub and Fill Cracks
To make sure that the refinishing glaze adheres to the bathtub well, clean and dry the tub before you apply the finish. If there are any cracks in the tub, make sure to fill them with putty. Give the putty time to dry and then sand it so that the tub surface is smooth.
Ventilate the Room
It is important that you keep the bathroom well-ventilated so that any fumes from the refinishing glaze don't affect your nose and lungs as you work. Open all the windows and use a fan so that the air can circulate properly.
Use these bathtub refinishing tips to refinish the bathtub inside your home. For answers to questions and help with the project, contact a refinishing contractor who can make sure your bathtub looks like new when it's completed.