Factory Finish with Professional Tools
Giving your bath tub a different look doesn't mean that you should buy a brand new one. Buying a new one can be a big hassle and very expensive. So, with a little imagination, you can refinish your bathtub, give it that brand new look and have a more pleasurable experience bathing in your new bathtub.
By using professional equipment and not a consumer grade gun like a wagner, you will have the same finish as a brand new tub. Placed side by side you will not be able to tell the difference.
Make sure that your work area is well ventilated because refinishing your bathtub or sink will involve the use of several kinds of chemicals. Ask your paint supplier for other safety needs you may require. Your refinishing job will only be as good as your preparation beforehand. To achieve a first-class result, the bath must be super clean and dry.
Clean and Sand
Clean the surface of your tub or sink thoroughly. Next, sand. This will help to "rough up" the surface you are workng on and make it easier for any paint you are applying to bond to the surface. 220 - 240 grit is fine.
If you don't want to use your "elbow grease". A palm sander is ideal for this type of work because, unlike other sanders, it vibrates thereby giving you a more even surface.
When you are done with your sanding, it's time to start painting. Be sure to rinse away all residual dust and cover any surfaces that you don't plan to paint. Simply cover these areas by taping paper over them. Be sure thoroughly dry off all the surfaces.
When you are refinishing your bathtub, sink, countertop or even your tiles, it is best to use Epoxy-Acrylic / Acrylic Polyurethane Enamel, which a is an acrylic polymer coating.
NoteIf you are refinishing porcelain or tile, you'll want to apply a bonding agent to the surface first. You can use a paper towel or even a spray bottle to apply the chemical adhesive. Tube and Sink refinishing kits are availalbe at DYI stores which contain all such materials or you may ask your paint supplier. Give the bonding agent about 5 minutes to dry before you move on to the next step.
What makes this EP Acrylic so ideal is the fact that it produces a strong and durable finish (15 or more years). Additionally, it is available in a wide range of colors, making it easy to match to your current room decor. If you are refinishing your tub or tiles, then you'll want to use an acrylic polymer with a gloss finish. When you are doing your counters and cabinets look for an acrylic polymer with a satin finish.
Prepare your primer according to the directions on the package then pour it into the paint pot of your spray gun. Hook the paint pot up to the rest of your gun and start painting. It doesn't hurt to test out the spray gun first on a different surface to make sure everything is in working order.
To make sure you have an even coating, paint your surface in a back and forth motion. To avoid over-spraying an area (thereby causing the paint to run), release the trigger of the spray gun every time you reach the edge of your surface.
For the best results, you'll want to use two coats of primer followed by two to three coats of your acrylic topcoat. Wait at least 30 minutes between each application so the paint has enough time to dry. Give your refinishing project 24 to 48 hours to cure before you step in and enjoy your new tub (or sink or cabinet or countertop).