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.

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