Refinishing Old Clawfoot Tubs
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Refinishing Old Clawfoot Tubs

11/10/2011

Refinishing Old Clawfoot Tubs

Locating an old clawfoot tub is exciting, until closer inspection reveals the poor condition it's in and the amount of work needed to restore it. The process of refinishing an old clawfoot tub to its original luster is a worthwhile project. Claw-foot enamel bathtub An antique clawfoot tub adds beauty and value to a bathroom. By following a few simple tips, refinishing a clawfoot tub is within reach.

Tub Preparation
Preparing the tub and the workspace helps ensure the refinishing project is performed safely in a controlled environment. Since the refinishing process involves the use of toxic chemicals, put on a respirator mask to limit inhaling hazardous fumes. Find a suitable workspace that provides ample ventilation. Put down drop cloths to protect the work surface from spills. Disconnect the tub from valves and remove the drain.

Rust Removal
In certain cases, an old clawfoot tub has rust on it. You can remove the rust by sanding it down. Old Stone House, a tub refinishing online guide, found that you can sand most of the rust off by adding a wire wheel to a drill and angle grinder. claw-foot cast iron bathtub Then, use a traditional screwdriver to remove any remaining rust in hard-to-reach areas.

Paint Removal
Before new paint is applied, the old paint must be removed. According to DIY Network, a home improvement website, you need to use a paint stripper if the tub is painted with a latex paint. Use steel wool or a brush to remove the old paint once it begins to bubble. The website warns that it can take two additional applications of stripper to completely remove the old paint. When all the paint is removed, rinse the tub with clean water.

Painting
Old Stone House recommends applying a thin coat of paint with a dry brush and letting it sit overnight. Then, sand down the tub. Upon wiping the tub clean, repeat the entire process. Once completed, apply a third and final coat of paint using a dry brush and foam roller. They suggest applying this last coat thicker than the other two to create a more even finish.

After Care
Once the new paint is completely dry, move it to the bathroom and hook up the plumbing. However, DIY Networks recommends not placing objects on the tub, like washcloths, bath mats or soap, for at least 24 hours after the reglazing process is finished, as these objects can damage the finish.



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