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Resufacing an old bathtub

I understand that an old bathtub needs to be sandblasted...But can any home handyman do it himself at home...Or are there special chemicals and processes needed to finish the job, that only professionals have?

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The answer to this depends on whether you intend to have the bath re-enamelled (vitreous enamel) or whether you intend to use one of the proprietary DIY roller paint "enamelling" systems.

If you plan to have vitreous enamel then any company doing it will not guarantee the outcome or the finish unless you have them do all of the preparation; typically they'll blast the tub back to completely bare steel/cast iron and chemically wash it afterwards. Without this there's a good chance that when the tub comes out of the kiln there will be pinholes (a.k.a. birdseyes) in the finish. If this happens after they've done the prep they'll re-blast it and start again if need be, but not if it's your fault.

But if you plan to use the DIY system then all you need is a smooth and clean base so you can hire a blaster and do the job in your own workshop. Fill any pitting left by rust before repainting the bath, lead or two part epoxy car body filler do the job just fine. DIY kits don't give a great finish but they do look far better than a tired bath with chipped/cracked vitreous enamel if you can't afford to get the job done properly.

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

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