How to Re-enamel a Bath Tub
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How to Re-enamel a Bath Tub

8/9/2011

How to Re-enamel a Bath Tub

If you have an old iron bathtub that has seen better days, you can make it look like new by re-enameling it. You can get a professional to do the job, but the cost is likely to exceed the price of a new bathtub. Doing it yourself is a bit fiddly, but well worth the effort.

1 Scrub the bathtub with steel wool to get rid of any rust or dirt.

2 Fill in any chips using the chip-filling compound. You can buy it from many home repair stores.

3 Allow the chip-filling compound to dry overnight, then use the sandpaper to sand it smooth. You may have to repeat Steps 1 and 2 for deep chips.

4 Spray the bathtub with the spray-on enamel. Hold the can about a foot from the surface. Try to spray as thinly and evenly as possible. Otherwise, you will have drips.

5 Allow the first coat to dry overnight then sand down any drips.

6 Spray on a second coat of enamel the same way you sprayed on the first coat. Allow the enamel to dry. If necessary, repeat Steps 5 and 6 for a third coat.



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