How to renovate a bathtub? Tips and tricks

Is your bathtub in poor condition? Instead of throwing it away and investing in a new model, it is quite possible to renovate it. To restore its shine, here are our tips for repairing worn enamel, for making beautiful new joints and for repainting its surface without difficulty. Discover our tips and tricks to find a bathtub almost like new!

How to repair the worn enamel of your bathtub?

If the enamel of your bathtub is worn or has lost a few chips, it is entirely possible to repair it. Here are the steps to follow.

Clean the enamel surface

Over time, the enamel surface wears off and becomes porous. Limestone settles there all the more easily. In a spray bottle, mix white vinegar, lemon juice and coarse salt. Spray the mixture on the enamel and let it act. After a few minutes, rinse with clear water.

Scrub your bathtub with a soft sponge to avoid further damaging its surface. If the enamel is tarnished, rub with a little baking soda to revive the whiteness. Finally, soak a clean cloth in turpentine and rub to restore the shine to the enamel.

With acetone, impregnate a rag and degrease the tub. Then sand the enamel to remove the rust.

Fill in the shards

If your enamel is cracked or if chips are visible, fill them. This will not only be an aesthetic advantage, but also a means of protecting the materials well and reducing the risk of infiltration.

Equip yourself with two-component epoxy resin, based on mastic and a hardener. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to form a homogeneous paste. Apply it with a spatula to the areas to be repaired. Smooth and then remove the overflow. Let it dry well then sand the filled areas before dusting.

How to paint your bathtub?

To give a new shine to an aging bathtub or to give a facelift to outdated equipment, it is possible to paint its surface. Here are the steps to follow.

Prepare the surface

Clean the tub with white vinegar to remove all limescale residue. Make sure you have properly filled all the holes in the enamel with two-component epoxy resin. If not, now is the time!

Then sand the entire tub and clean again with rubbing alcohol or acetone to thoroughly degrease the surface.

Paint the tub

Take care to protect areas not to be painted, such as faucets and tiled edges, and remove old joints. Use a two-component epoxy resin paint to paint the enamel and obtain a durable result; a traditional painting will indeed not be able to hold on a surface like the bathtub. Prepare your product by referring to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply the paint with a small foam roller on flat surfaces and with a small brush for contours and hard-to-reach places. Do not overload with resin.

Let dry, sand lightly then apply a second coat. Quickly remove masking tape.

Apply the finish

For a more harmonious and more durable finish, apply a transparent finishing resin. The surface will be shinier and stronger, able to resist water and cleaning products.

Proceed as for painting.

How to redo your silicone bathtub seals?

If you haven’t already, remove the old seal from the tub and replace it with a new one. This operation is essential for a more aesthetic result, but above all to avoid infiltration. Here’s how.

Remove the old seal

Using a seal remover, remove the old silicone sealant from your tub. Just slice the ends and slip the blade under the joint. Then pull the seal by hand. You can then dissolve the small resistant pieces using a gel remover which should be left to act for 1 to 2 hours. Remove residue with a damp sponge and degrease the area with rubbing alcohol or acetone.

Install a new gasket

After cutting the tip of your silicone cartridge, screw on the cannula and cut the end so as to respect the width of the joint required. Put the cartridge in place and pull the trigger to release the sealant.

Apply your silicone with a precise, regular and sufficiently slow gesture for an optimal and harmonious result. To do this, pull the gun towards you.

Wet your finger in a little soapy water and use it to smooth the joint in one motion along the entire length. With your cutter, cut the excess silicone.

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