After this project, you’ll have earned that soak in your newly refinished claw-foot tub. Here’s how to give it a smooth new surface:
Materials And Tools:
- high-velocity, low-pressure sprayer and compressor
- paper towels
- exhaust fan
- plastic sheets
- paper-tape dispenser
- small paper cup
- 5-in-1 painter’s tool
- putty knife
- stir stick
- 240-grit and 1,500-grit sandpaper
- scouring pads
- rubber gloves
- safety glasses
- two-part cleanser
- two-part filler putty (auto-body putty)
- fine filler putty
- chemical adhesor
- primer reducer
- paint thinner
- Set up an exhaust fan to vent toxic fumes to the outside.
- Rough-clean and scrape the bathtub surface to remove bits of old gaskets and other materials, using the painter’s tool. Wipe away any debris with a sponge.
- Wearing safety glasses and rubber gloves, clean the tub with part one of the two-part cleansing solution. Pour some of the part-one solutions into the tub and scrub thoroughly with 240-grit sandpaper. This removes any soap residue and grease.
- Thoroughly clean and rinse the tub. Pour some of the step-two solutions into the tub and scour with scouring pads. This roughs the surface, allowing the new paint to adhere better. Clean the tub thoroughly, and dry with paper towels.
- Wipe down the tub with a primer reducer and paper towels to remove any traces of the previous two chemicals.
- Mix the two-part filler putty and fill in damaged areas around the drain opening, using a putty knife. Allow about 30 minutes for the putty to dry, and then come back and sand it smooth with fine-grit sandpaper.
- Wipe away dust and clean the area with a paper towel and primer reducer. Repeat the putty process to fill in any other damaged areas.
- Apply chemical adhesion to the tub surface. Mask off the tub exterior and other areas you don’t want to repaint.
- Mix the three elements for the base coat (primer, catalyst, and reducer) in the sprayer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when mixing.
- Connect the sprayer to the compressor and pressurize the system.
- Wearing a respirator, take a few practice strokes with the sprayer, using a scrap piece of cardboard. Once you have the hang of it, apply the new finish to the tub.
- Allow the first coat about 30 minutes to dry. While waiting, mix paint for the topcoat.
- Apply the topcoat and allow it to dry. It will take about 48 hours for the paint to cure. After that time, come back with ultrafine 1,500-grit sandpaper and buff away any imperfections.
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