For the last 10 years, the third bedroom in my home has been serving dual purposes. I’ve been utilizing it as a home office. My husband uses it as a home gym. However, before long, this multipurpose room will need to be repurposed into a nursery. Because I can’t allow my future baby to sleep on a treadmill, my husband and I need the assistance of a remodeling contractor. This type of professional can improve this chaotic space and help turn it back into its intended purpose, a bedroom. If you need to remake one of the rooms in your home, consider hiring a remodeling contractor to complete the work for you. On this blog, you will learn the ways a remodeling contractor can transform a multipurpose room into the space you need.
If your bathtub has seen better days or you just want to give it a new look, you might be considering replacing it with a new one. Removing and replacing your bathtub can be a significant undertaking. Before you launch such a time-consuming remodeling job, consider refinishing your bathtub instead. Refinishing takes time, but it can give your bathtub a whole new life. Here's a look at what you need to know to refinish your bathtub.
Basic Preparation Steps
In order to get the best results from your refinishing project, it all starts with careful preparation. Clean every surface of the bathtub with a soap scum remover so that the whole thing is free of any dirt or soap scum. For older, more worn tubs, this may take a couple of times to get all of the soap scum dissolved. You need a clean surface for the bonding agent to adhere to the tub's surface. Once clean, rinse and dry the whole tub.
Surface Sanding Guidance
Once the surface is clean, use a vibrating palm sander to rough up the tub. Work in a circular motion, applying even pressure and moving the sander at a consistent pace. This creates even sanding so you don't have any peaks or valleys in the bathtub surface. This sanding process creates a rough surface so that the epoxy has something to adhere to.
Fixture Protection Tips
Save yourself a lot of time and cleanup work by taping over the fixtures. This way, you don't have to remove them all, and you don't risk making a mess of them. Cut pieces of newspaper to fit completely cover each fixture, then tape the pieces over the fixtures using painter's tape or something similar.
Bonding Adhesive Instructions
Bonding adhesive is an essential component because it helps the epoxy adhere to the enamel. Apply it with a spray bottle or rub it on with paper towels or cheesecloth. Make sure that you're wearing gloves when you work with it, though, because it could irritate your skin. Also, keep your bathroom ventilated while you're doing this part, because it can release fumes. Invest in a protective mask so you don't breathe them in.
Epoxy Finishing Process
Use an acrylic polymer epoxy that has a high-gloss finish for the final steps. Put the epoxy into the distribution container of a paint sprayer for the most even distribution. Move the sprayer back and forth over the surface of the tub, making sure to release the trigger when you get to the edges. That way, you keep the overspray at a minimum. You'll want to apply a couple of coats, until the finish looks the way that you want it to. Then, follow the drying instructions for the epoxy brand you choose to ensure that it cures fully before you use the tub again. It may take a day or two for the epoxy to dry.