Can You Paint a Bathtub?
We all strive to create a bathroom space that reflects our unique style and personality through remodels and renovations. The average cost of a bathroom renovation is $11,362, while installing an average bathtub might cost you $500 to $1,000. As such, an easy and inexpensive way to update your bathroom is by transforming your bathtub using bathtub paint. Repainting your tub can be daunting, particularly if you've never done it before. This post summarizes all you need to know about painting your bathtub.
How to paint a bathtub yourselfBefore you begin, you will need to take the necessary safety precautions. For starters, make sure you have a respirator mask and a ventilation fan. A respirator mask is particularly essential for individuals who are allergic to particulate matter. Next, you will need to decide on the tub paint. Regular and low-quality latex paints might not be able to withstand the high moisture levels in a bathroom, and the results will not last long. The paint you should choose depends on your type of tub. For cast iron tubs, use oil-based paint and primer, and for an acrylic tub, use an acrylic polymer paint. Finally, decide on whether to use a spray gun, roller or paintbrush. A spray gun will give you a professional finish, but it is expensive compared to a paintbrush. On the other hand, using brushes and rollers might not give the precision a spray gun can.
Step-by-step guide on how to paint your bathtub
- Clean the tub and remove all caulk using a caulk removal tool or a spackling knife.
- Carefully remove the faucet and drain hardware.
- Mask off the area around your tub and any fixtures remaining in place.
- Set up your ventilation fan and open the windows in your bathroom.
- Etch your tub's surface with etching cream or powder. The cream dulls its finish so that the new coat of bathtub paint bonds better.
- Rinse the tub and wipe it with a dry cloth or paper towels and let it dry completely.
- Apply the primer or epoxy, depending on what you’ve purchased, and let it dry as per the manufacturer's instructions.
- Start applying the paint on the sides of the tub, alternating between horizontal and vertical strokes to help prevent drips. Paint the tub deck and use a sponge brush to finish the edges.
- If necessary and after adequate drying time, apply a second coat of paint.
- Allow your tub two to three days to dry up completely, and then re-caulk the tub, and reinstall the faucet and any other hardware.
Products and tools for painting a bathtubYou will need the following products and tools for this project:
- Respirator. For starters, you will need a good quality respirator which protects you from the paint's dangerous fumes.
- Caulk removal tool. A silicone remover/scraper will do the job.
- Paint application tools. Consider a spray gun, roller or paintbrush
- Cleaner, scour pads, and sandpaper. These will be used in the cleaning process and also when removing caulk.
- White tub repair kit. You might need to cover a few scrapes before starting to paint. In this case, we recommend Sheffield 1126 Porcelain Touch-Up White.
- DIY bathtub kit. Rather than buying things separately, buy the DIY Bathtub & Tile Refinishing Kit with Non-Slip from Bathworks.