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A Step-by-Step Guide: How To Paint Your Tub Like A Pro!



|Last Updated: 09 Jan 2024

Painting your bathtub can be a cost-effective and rewarding DIY project that transforms your space.

Are you looking to give your bathroom a fresh, new look without breaking the bank? Painting your bathtub can be a cost-effective and rewarding DIY project that transforms your space. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you achieve a professional finish.


Preparing the Tub Surface


Before diving into the painting process, ensure your tub is spotless. Remove debris and eliminate soap scum, as any residue can compromise the paint's bonding ability. A thorough cleaning sets the foundation for a successful tub transformation.


1. Use chemicals to remove dirt


Use common household cleaners like Comet or Ajax, coupled with a Scotch-Brite pad, to clean the entire tub. Pay extra attention to soap-prone areas, such as around the drain. A meticulous clean ensures a smooth canvas for the paint application.





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Comet   AJAX  Scotch-Brite pad



2. Power Tools for Efficiency


Consider using a drill scrubber for a more efficient and less labor-intensive cleaning process. This tool proves effective in removing stubborn residue, offering a convenient alternative to manual scrubbing.

Drill scrubber



3. Dealing with Residue and Caulk


For persistent residue and caulk, employ a scraper to ensure a pristine surface. This step is crucial for achieving a seamless finish.





Tub Prep for Painting


Now that your tub is impeccably clean, it's time to prepare the surface for the painting process.


4. Etching Cleaner Application


Before this, use tape to seal the connection between the bathtub and the wall to prevent contamination of the wall during the process.


Utilize the etching cleaner in warm water to go over the entire tub. This step prepares the surface for bonding, requiring caution with gloves and eye protection due to the potent nature of the cleaner.


5. Sanding and Drying


While the tub is still damp, use the provided sandpaper to go over the entire surface. Rinse the tub and using paper towel to dry it off, also recommend using hair dryer to make sure it is completely dry before proceeding to the next steps.



And then, using the provided tack cloth to wipe down the entire tub to get rid of any dust or particles that are left, you'll want to do this right before you start painting. If any repairs need to be made these should be done before using the tack cloth.


Painting Process


Now, let's dive into the exciting part - painting your tub with the Bathworks kit.


 6. Primer Application


Apply the provided primer using a paper towel, ensuring even coverage. Allow it to dry on the surface for 5 minutes.



 7. Mixing and Applying Paint


Mix the paint color and hardener, then let it sit for five minutes. With a three-hour window for application, proceed to paint the tub's surface, using the provided tools and following the recommended patterns.


8. Applying Multiple Coats


Consider applying a second coat immediately after the first, following the same pattern. Exercise caution to avoid leaning on wet surfaces.


9. Drying and Tape Removal


Wait at least 45 minutes after painting before removing the tape. Peel it off at a 45-degree angle to prevent damage to the painted surface. For full cure and to prevent debris from falling into drying paint, wait 24 hours before tape removal.


 Final Thoughts


Painting your tub is can be a DIY project that requires some time and effort but delivers impressive results. By investing in meticulous cleaning and following the provided instructions, you can achieve a professional finish. Transform your bathroom with this budget-friendly solution and enjoy a rejuvenated space.


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