Restore & Sell a Cast Iron Bathtub
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Restore & Sell a Cast Iron Bathtub

9/15/2011

Restore & Sell a Cast Iron Bathtub

Many older homes have cast iron bathtubs. Cast Iron bathtubs are meant to last a lifetime. However, over time and with a lot of use, a cast iron tub can stand a little makeover. Without too much difficulty you can restore a cast iron tub. If you find one at a flea market or you have one at your home, you can restore it and sell it. When you do want to restore a cast iron tub that is not already inside your home, be sure to work outdoors, as the restoring process is a messy business.

1 Scrape any rusting or flaking spots of the cast iron tub using sandpaper or a stiff wire brush. Sandblast if necessary to remove any stubborn rust. Put on safety goggles when sandblasting to protect your eyes.

2 Use a shop vac to help remove any of the dust and debris left from sanding. Wipe any remaining dust off the tub using a damp rag. Remove all of the dust so that it does not mess up your paint job.

3 Read through all the manufacturer's instructions for the tub and tile paint as some of the directions may vary a little from brand to brand.

4 Mix the two parts of the paint according to the instructions and let it sit for the recommended amount of time to allow the two parts to react.

5 Apply the tub and tile paint using a foam brush. Start at the upper portions of the tub and work your way down. Feather the paint to prevent drip marks from appearing.

6 Cover the entire tub with a thin layer of paint and allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply a second coat and a third coat if necessary.

7 Place an ad to sell your cast iron tub. Post something locally on an Internet site or in a newspaper, or post something where people might specifically be looking for a cast iron tub, such as home improvement and restoration magazines or auction and antiques outlets.



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