How to Resurface an Acrylic Bathtub

Acrylic bathtubs lose their shine and develop rust stains and chips over years of use. Replacing a bathtub completely costs more money than many are willing to dish out. Refinishing the bathtub surface presents a cheaper alternative to complete bathtub replacement and restores the tub to its original smoothness, clarity and shine. To refinish an acrylic tub, purchase a kit composed of cleaning agents, sandpaper and coating. Look for kits that made for use with acrylic tubs.

Resurface your bathtub for a like-new sheen.

Step 1

Open windows or turn on the bathroom fan to ventilate the room. 

Step 2

Remove the metal drain trap and scrub the bathtub with the cleaner included in the kit.  Scrub all crevices and corners thoroughly.

Step 3

Rinse the tub with warm water. 

Step 4

Sand the entire tub surface with 120-grit waterproof sandpaper.  Periodically wet the paper with warm water. Remove rust with a rust-removing solution or sand the rust off. 

Step 5

Rinse the tub with warm water and dry with an old towel.  Allow the tub to air-dry.

Step 6

Apply masking tape next to the perimeter of the tub to protect the wall adjacent to the tub.  Tape plastic bags over all faucets.

Step 7

Pour the bathtub hardener from the kit into the coating and stir with a spatula.  Replace the coating lid and shake until thoroughly incorporated.

Step 8

Pour some coating mixture into the paint pan and paint the coating onto bathtub edges, corners and crevices. 

Step 9

Place the paintbrush into a sealed plastic bag. 

Step 10

Apply more coating mixture with the roller brush until you achieve an even coat.  Store the paint roller in a sealed plastic bag. Allow to dry for one hour. 

Step 11

Apply a second coat with the paintbrush and roller. 

Step 12

Remove the masking tape and allow the coating to dry for at least 48 hours. 

Things You Will Need

  • Cleaning powder
  • Scrubber sponge
  • Waterproof sandpaper, 120 grit
  • Rust remover
  • Old towel
  • Epoxy filler
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic bags
  • Hardener
  • Coating
  • Spatula
  • Paint tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller

About the Author

Darci Pauser began writing in 2001. Her work has been featured in publications such as the "UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal," Indybay and the West Texas Weekly. Pauser holds a certificate in sustainable agriculture from California's Green String Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Photo Credits

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